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Episode 6 Transcript: Gautama Buddha’s Fourth Truth

Episode 6, 6 December 2014, Gautama Buddha’s Fourth Truth. [05:16]


Intro: Welcome to Buddhism Guide’s Audio blog.

This Episode: Gautama Buddha’s Fourth Truth. [00:17]

1. What is your view? [00:22]

  • In the fourth of Gautama Buddha’s truths, he explains the path we need to take to free ourselves from suffering.
  • It is known as the Eightfold Path, and it comprises of three aspects:
    1. Seeing Clearly, is the first part and it includes:
      1. Right View, and
      2. Right Intention.
    2. The second aspect is Living Responsibly, and this includes:
      1. Right Speech,
      2. Right Action, and
      3. Right Livelihood.
    3. The third and final aspect is Staying Focused, and this includes:
      1. Right Effort,
      2. Right Mindfulness, and
      3. Right Concentration.
  • Over the next few postings I will cover all of the Eightfold Path, but for today let’s talk about Right View.

2. Right View. [01:19]

  • Setting out on the Eight-fold Path without the Right View is like starting a journey without a map.
  • If you get into your car without knowing where you are going and what landmarks you are going to encounter along the way, you are bound to get lost.
  • Similarly, if you set of on this path and have no idea what you are doing you will become lost and disillusioned.
  • First, get the view correct and the rest will become clearer.
  • You will able able to dispel any confusion or misunderstandings and have a better understanding of reality.
  • We need to understand the Four Nobel Truths and the workings of Cause and Effect.
  • This is the Right View.
  • When we understand the Four Nobel Truths we will also understand that the causes of our suffering lie within our own minds.
  • We will then realise that Nirvana, the escape from suffering, also lies within our minds.
  • Once we know this, we will want to look for the causes of this suffering, which are the Three Poisons:
    1. Attachment,
    2. Anger, and
    3. Unawareness.
  • Finally, having understood that life is suffering, we will be ready to set off along the Eightfold Path.
  • We should also ensure we have an understanding of Cause and Effect.

3. Cause and Effect, and Karma. [02:52]

  • Here, some would say we need to understand the workings of Karma, but this is such a hot potato these days.
  • If you believe in Karma and Rebirth, and it motivates you to be a good person, then follow that view.
  • However if you are not a lover of Rebirth, and prefer to keep your Buddhism firmly planted in this life, then you should understand the workings of Cause and Effect.
    • Whatever we do there will be a result.
    • If we kill someone we will be punished.
    • If we lie and cheat, people will dislike us.
    • If we are unwilling to help people, then they will not want to help us when we need it.
    • If we are a kind, caring and compassionate person, people with be drawn to us.
    • If we are generous, we will get back far more than we give.
    • Here, I am not talking in monetary terms, but in the wonderful satisfaction of helping others.
  • Life is like an echo:
    • Whatever you put out comes back;
    • whatever you sow, you will reap;
    • whatever you give, you will get;
    • whatever you do, will always come back to you.
  • This is not some metaphysical dogma, just plain common sense.
  • It is the way life is.
  • So by understanding Cause and Effect we will be driven to act in a kind and compassionate way.
  • If you understand it, and still decide to act in an unhelpful way, you will only have yourself to blame when things don’t go right for you.
  • Once you have the Right View concerning Suffering and Cause and Effect, you will be ready to move along the path.
  • Next time, I’ll talk about Right Intention.

Outro. [04:55]

  • You can find more information about this subject in Karma Yeshe Rabgye’s books at
    1. The best way to catch a snake – A Practical Guide to the Buddha’s Teachings;
    2. Life’s meandering path – A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living;
    3. Ripples in the stream – A Pragmatic Journey Through Gautama Buddha’s Teachings.
  • They’re available now, from Amazon and Kindle.
  • Thank you for listening, and I hope you enjoyed this blog post.




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