Yoga's Four Noble Truths

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Yoga's Four Noble Truths

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:38 pm

Assuming Buddha lived before Patanjali, the compiler of the Yoga Sutras, it is interesting that virtually the same 4-fold breakdown is found in Yoga Sutras. In chapter two, the Sadhana chapter, the principal commentator Vyasa writes:

What produces this great mass of pain is Ignorance; what causes its annihilation is right vision. As classics of medicine are in four parts: illness, cause of the illness, the healthy condition and the remedy - so this work too has its four parts: samsara, cause of samsara, release, means of release. Of these, samsara with its many pains is what is to be escaped [2:15]; the [ignorant] conjunction of pradhana and Purusha is the cause of what is to be escaped [2:17,24]; liberation is the absolute cessation of the conjunction [2:25]; right vision is the means to liberation [2:26].


From Leggett's Sankara on the Yoga Sutras, page 219.
Every time you recite Amita Buddha’s name, a ray of light shines through empty space. If you recite very sincerely, then this light fills up the universe, so that the energy of all worlds will be auspicious and harmonious.

Master Hsuan Hua

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