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Teachings of the Buddha Gautama
The following contents are generally agreed among different Buddhist schools as the essential teachings from the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma.
The Four Noble Truths
To help people appreciate the true fact of life, the Buddha talked about 'dukkha' (suffering). He summarized his teaching as the Truth about suffering, its origin, its ending, and the path to its ending. These Four Noble Truths serve as guidance for us to practice against our own experience of live.
The Thirty-seven Aspects Of The Path To Enlightenment
Even though the Eightfold Path is the ultimate method of achieving enlightenment, it is very difficult for a normal being to practice without proper guideline. It is believed that the general structure of the Buddhist path addressed in the first turning of the wheel of Dharma is the thirty-seven aspects of the path to enlightenment. They are further divided into seven categories:
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