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“The Tathagatha… is the originator of the path unarisen before, the producer of the path unproduced before, the declarer of the path undeclared before. He is the knower of the path, the discoverer of the path, the one skilled in the path. And his disciplines now dwell following that path and become possessed of it afterwards.”
~ The Buddha
SN 22:58

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The Basic Teaching of Suffering

Bhante Gunaratana

The process of the training path is described: no remorse, happiness, concentration, insight, knowledge of the Truth, and enlightenment. Four types of students are described: those that attain enlightenment after hearing only a few words of Dhamma; those who attain enlightenment after a little reflection and study; those who study and practice for a long time but need the help of a master, an “excellent friend” to provide the key to enlightenment; and finally those who enjoy word and ideas so much that they may lose sight of the goal, but can still attain enlightenment with the help of an “excellent friend”.

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File Size: 10.4 MB
Duration: 44:30
Recorded: 4-27-08
Posted: 05-27-08