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whats the main teaching in buddhism
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"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one’s mind—this is the teaching of the Buddhas." Dhammapada 183

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Elimination suffering and to be happy.
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What about the three characteristic of existence and four noble truth?
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Mujo1127 wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:41 pm What about the three characteristic of existence and four noble truth?
One interesting thing about the Buddha's teaching is how it all slots together as an integrated whole. The more of it you understand, the more you realise that each part or aspect is linked to the other parts.

The downside of this is that it is difficult to separate any one part out and say it stands alone as an adequate summary. The three characteristics relate to the khandhas, which relate to kamma, which relates to the Path Factors, which relate....

The "main teaching" will either be an aspect that another member favours; or a summary from the canon itself; or something which attempts to provoke reflection, such as "The teaching that speaks to you right now", etc. The best thing to do is to read and reflect as much as you can, and then decide for yourself.
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Sam Vara wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:30 pm
Mujo1127 wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:41 pm What about the three characteristic of existence and four noble truth?
One interesting thing about the Buddha's teaching is how it all slots together as an integrated whole...
FWIW, my nomination would be the Four Noble Truths as the encapsulation of that integrated whole; they describe the current condition, the goal, and the way (the eight factors of the fourth truth) to get to the goal. Many of the detailed teachings are elaborations of this basic framework.
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JohnK wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:12 pm
Sam Vara wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:30 pm
One interesting thing about the Buddha's teaching is how it all slots together as an integrated whole...
FWIW, my nomination would be the Four Noble Truths as the encapsulation of that integrated whole; they describe the current condition, the goal, and the way (the eight factors of the fourth truth) to get to the goal. Many of the detailed teachings are elaborations of this basic framework.
Yes, I like this simile:
Friends, just as the footprints of all legged animals are encompassed by the footprint of the elephant, and the elephant's footprint is reckoned the foremost among them in terms of size; in the same way, all skillful qualities are gathered under the four noble truths. Under which four? Under the noble truth of stress, under the noble truth of the origination of stress, under the noble truth of the cessation of stress, and under the noble truth of the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.
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Real happiness (well being) comes from your skillful actions.
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When a person has heard that ‘nothing whatsoever should be clung to,’ they directly know everything; having directly known everything, they fully understand everything; having fully understood everything, whatever feeling they feel … they abide contemplating impermanence, fading, cessation and the relinquishment of those feelings.Contemplating thus, they do not cling to anything in the world. When they do not cling, they are not agitated. When they are not agitated, they personally attain Nibbāna.

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With no struggling, no thinking,
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vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

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Renounciation. Compassion for all beings. The path to end all suffering.
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Removing clinging to stop suffering by heading towards cessation and letting go
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the main teaching for skeptical times?

there is karma & rebirth
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Letting go

I think Ajahn Sumedho sums it up brilliantly here.
"If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"

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Mujo1127 wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:12 am whats the main teaching in buddhism
The "main" teaching depends upon who receives it & when they receive it. It's designed to reach people at all levels. People have unique capabilities, weaknesses, strengths, experiences, likes, dislikes, etc, so they connect to the teaching at different places & in unique ways. And the teaching is constructed to grow, for the learner, as the learner grows, so the teaching is ever-changing--like everything else, it's in constant flux. Bear in mind that the teaching itself seeks to free its adherents by discouraging any sense of absoluteness or dogmatic concretization.

That said, (if need be a solid tenet for the teaching), read the excellent introductory book What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula: you'll find it safe (as a newcomer) to accept the doctrine of anatta as a central component of the teaching, one which Theravada & Mahayana are committed. I think Rahula says (of Anatta) that it is the "single distinguishing feature of Buddhism."
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