This Whole Mass of Suffering

998157_582547265171073_743527845_nWhatever feeling arises, whether painful or pleasant,

or neither painful nor pleasant,

one does not seek gratification through feeling

or remain attached to it.

As one does not do so, craving for feeling ceases.

With the cessation of craving comes cessation of clinging;

with the cessation of clinging, cessation of becoming;

with the cessation of becoming, cessation of birth;

with the cessation of birth, aging and death,

sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair cease.

Such is the cessation of this whole mass of suffering.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Middle Length Discourses (M. 38)

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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6 Responses to This Whole Mass of Suffering

  1. Persephone says:

    Hi, we do have to feel our feelings though,it is an illusion to think we can avoid feeling and manifest our immortal body. We have to feel to heal and integrate our spirit into our body.
    Just a mental view of calm and peace is not enough if you wish to further your spiritual journey.
    It is not wrong to be zen and calm and unworried about feelings and it is not wrong to gain dispassion, yet it is limited in the awareness of deeper consciousness and spiritual abilities.
    I love your blog btw, and I agree with much of it. Just want to clarify things where I see there is a need for that. Deb.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Feeling is not optional. It is a fact of experience. What the Buddha (this is not my statement, but His) is saying here is that conceptualizing (mental elaboration) our feelings, and then becoming attached to them, leads to great(er) suffering. For example, if i hurt my foot, i will feel the pain. However, if i start thinking that i won’t be able to wear my shoe tomorrow, or that i will look foolish as i limp in front of others, i will add unnecessary layers to my suffering.

  2. blackangelplayah says:

    Great post, Tashi. :)

  3. Jeff Wilkins says:

    Tashi,
    Thank you for all your posts. They are like a daily
    kick in the pants for me. I realize how much I have
    yet to learn. Thank you for sharing your knowledge,
    I bow to you – Jeff

  4. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

  5. Patricia Liantonio says:

    OK….THEN…LOOK…SEE….HEAR..FEEL…..REMAIN NEUTRAL…BECOMING ONE WITH…AND NOT ATTACHING TOO…..THIS IS A STATE OF MIND AND BEING….I CAN BECOME ONLY BY PRACTICING….CONSTANTLY….THANK YOU

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