Guided Meditation: Breath and 4 Noble Truth with Ajahn Dhammasiha
In this guided meditation on occasion of Āsāḷhā Full Moon / Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, Ajahn Dhammasiha is encoraging us to use breath meditation to investigate the four noble truths. We use the breath as anchor for our awareness, and then carefully observe how craving takes us away from the breath, with the result that we experience dukkha (suffering/stress/discomfort).
If craving (taṇhā) leads us away from the present moment into past and future, the result is an increase in dukkha. If we let go of craving, we are able to stay in the present moment, and all dukkha connected with past and future comes to an end.
Thus, we can directly observe aspects of the first, second, and third noble truth in our own experience.
We can gain the same insight by observing the five hindrances (pañca nīvaraṇā) arisig, based on craving, and consequently generating dukkha in our mind. Again, the moment we let go of that craving, the hindrance will cease, and the dukkha caused by the hindrance will end as well.