This is the first in a series of conversations organized with the intention to clarify how the core teachings of the Buddha must be redefined in each generation in order for the benefits to be realized.  There was great cultural turmoil in the Buddha’s time; our era is experiencing even more upheaval.  The teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path  must be realized in ways that are culturally relevant.  In future discussions, we will explore how we as a community can practice the core principles with mindfulness and benevolence in order to cope with the increasing complexity of modern life.