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==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
*[[Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche]], ''Indisputable Truth'', Rangjung Yeshe
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*[[Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche]], ''What Makes You Not a Buddhist'', Shambhala 2007.
*[[Dalai Lama]], ''The World of Tibetan Buddhism'', Wisdom Publications, 1995
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*[[Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche]], ''Indisputable Truth'', Rangjung Yeshe, 1996.
*[[Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche]], ''What Makes You Not a Buddhist'', Shambhala 2007
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*[[Dalai Lama]], ''The World of Tibetan Buddhism'', Wisdom Publications, 1995.
*[[Mipham Rinpoche]], ''Gateway to Knowledge'' volume four, Rangjung Yeshe
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*[[Mipham Rinpoche]], ''Gateway to Knowledge'' Vol. 4, Rangjung Yeshe (forthcoming)
  
 
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Revision as of 16:23, 1 July 2009

Four Seals (Wyl. sdom bzhi) or the 'four hallmarks of the Buddha's teachings' (Wyl. lta ba bka' rtags kyi phyag rgya bzhi). They are:

All that is conditioned is impermanent,
All that is tainted is suffering,
Nirvana is peace,
All phenomena are empty and devoid of self.

Significance of the Four Seals

These are said to be the hallmark of the Buddha’s teaching, and it is often said that the mark of a real Buddhist is that he or she accepts these four. Of course, taking refuge is the real entrance to the Buddhist path, and that which serves to distinguish Buddhists from non-buddhists, but in terms of the View, these four statements encapsulate the uniqueness of the Buddha’s teachings and really set the Buddhadharma apart from all other religions and philosophies.

Further Reading