Here are the suttas I chose to discuss the second, third and fourth noble truths.
3. SN 3.23 discusses the three poisons (unwholesome roots) as the source of stress. The second truth is craving is the origin of Dukkha. One source of confusion here is to think that all desire is a form of craving. This is not true. Craving is unwholesome desire, desire rooted in ignorance and delusion. Craving creates addiction, causing us to desire things even when these things harm us or those we care about. Craving can also be inverted, causing ill-will and the desire to harm or destroy other beings. ( http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
What does it mean to crave, grasp, or cling to experience? What is your experience of craving, grasping, and clinging? How do craving, grasping, and clinging turn into greed, aversion, and delusion? If greed and aversion are fueled by ignorance, how do they create yet more ignorance and delusion?
What is your experience of greed, aversion, and delusion? Do you experience Dukkha when you react to an experience with greed, aversion, or delusion?
4. SN 12.23 is the transcendental dependent origination sutta. It talks about emancipation (freedom from the three poisons), the destruction of the taints (cankers), and the causes & conditions leading to the destruction of the poisons & the taints. Emancipation is the third truth, freedom from suffering, and the transcendental dependent origination takes us backwards through the chain from the third truth to the first truth. ( http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .bodh.html
What does emancipation mean? What does it mean to be free from Dukkha? How do you seek relief from Dukkha? What is the difference between relief from Dukkha and release from Dukkha? In what ways does seeking relief from Dukkha make one a slave to Dukkha?
5. AN 3.71 reiterates the importance of abandoning the three poisons (unwholesome roots) and introduces the fourth truth, the eightfold path as the path that leads us to abandon the three poisons. ( http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
How does one get from the truth of craving to the eightfold path? How can the eightfold path lead you to let go of experiences? How can letting go of experiences lead you to abandon the three poisons?
6. SN 45.8 expounds upon the noble eightfold path, explaining each path factor. The challenge of the eightfold path is that it makes spirituality an integral component to everything we do in life, from our thoughts and beliefs, sub-thought intentions, and what we pay attention to and concentrate on, to how we behave, talk, and even make a living. ( http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
How well do you know yourself? What views do you hold, resolves do you make, what is your moral code, what guides your speech, how do you choose your livelihood, what are you attentive of, what do you concentrate on, and what do you put effort into? Can you focus all of these qualities on our sense of spirituality?
What parts of the eightfold path are you comfortable with? What factors do you feel we have already begun to develop? What are your limits? What factors do you struggle to understand? What factors do you feel we are still weak in?Here are