The Four Noble Truths-the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the truth of the path leading to this cessation- formed part of the first sermon the Buddha gave after he was enlightened.
Buddha expounded this teaching in Deer Park at Sarnath near Varanasi and this teaching has been kept alive in the Buddhist world ever since.
According to HH Dalai Lama:
“The Four Noble Truths are the very foundation of the Buddhist teaching, and that is why they are so important. In fact, If you don’t understand the Four Noble Truths, and if you have not experienced the truth of the teaching personally, it is impossible to practice Buddha Dharma.”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a renowned Buddhist teacher, popular worldwide for her warm, clear and down-to-earth presentation of the Dharma and its application in daily life. The inspiring story of her life, including 12 years of secluded retreat in a Himalayan cave, is the subject of a well-known biography, Cave in the Snow. Jetsunma is the founder and abbess of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery near Tashijong, H.P.