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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.15 Dhāraṇa Sutta
Remembering 1

How to remember the Four Noble Truths.

“Monks, do you remember the Four Noble Truths that I taught?” When the Buddha asked this, one of the monks said to the Buddha:

“I do, bhante.”

“How so, monk?”

“Bhante, I remember that suffering is the first Noble Truth the Blessed One has taught. The origin of suffering is the second Noble Truth the Blessed One has taught. The end of suffering is the third Noble Truth the Blessed One has taught. And the path that leads to the end of suffering is the fourth Noble Truth the Blessed One has taught. That’s how I remember the Four Noble Truths as the Blessed One has taught them.”

“Good, good, monk! It’s good that you remember the Four Noble Truths as I’ve taught them. Suffering is the first Noble Truth I’ve taught, and that’s how you should remember it. The origin of suffering is the second Noble Truth I’ve taught, and that’s how you should remember it. The end of suffering is the third Noble Truth I’ve taught, and that’s how you should remember it. And the path that leads to the end of suffering is the fourth Noble Truth I’ve taught, and that’s how you should remember it. That’s how you should remember the Four Noble Truths as I’ve taught them.

“Therefore, monks, you should make an effort to understand …”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.15 Dhāraṇa Sutta: Remembering 1

Questions for Reflection:

Can you recite the Four Noble Truths from memory? How about in Pali?

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