Suffering is Difficult

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 9.19.12 AMThe path is easy and simple. What is difficult and complicated is to continue suffering. Buddha Nature is not a seed, a potential, or a possibility, but rather a complete reality. There is nothing to build; nothing to elaborate.

In truth, we only have two problems: wrong views and afflicted emotions. And they are incidental —that is, they are not in our nature.

When we avoid harm, we remove the veils of the afflicted emotions. When we do good, we cultivate peace. When we purify the mind, we discard wrong views.


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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12 Responses to Suffering is Difficult

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

  2. kennydshaw says:

    What you seem to be saying is that we don’t need to add something to ourselves but rather strip away something.

  3. Patricia Liantonio says:

    so I avoid not suffering…yet become one in Buddha nature with my afflicted emotions of views.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      We can end suffering by removing wrong views and afflicted emotions.

    • kennydshaw says:

      I just read that the difference between Theravada and Mahayana is that Mahayana sees that nirvana and samsara are a single thing. It would seem that trying to escape samsara and obtain Nirvana is just another dualism. It seems that we should look straight into whatever phenomena that appears to the mind without feeling attraction or aversion.

      • Tashi Nyima says:

        Actually, the fundamental difference is that the Mahayana understands that individual liberation is both impossible and undesirable. Universal liberation and enlightenment is the aspiration of the Mahayana.

        Samsara and nirvana are not the same, and they are not different. How?

        Samsara is unreal and nirvana is real; therefore they are not the same.
        Since samsara is not real, there is nothing to compare to nirvana.
        Therefore, they are not different. (Difference implies a comparison, and none is possible).

      • kennydshaw says:

        Thank you again.. This is wonderful.

  4. Patricia Liantonio says:

    avoid not suffering….. yet become at peace with any afflicted or difficult emotions….thank you Buddha

  5. kennydshaw says:

    Thank you so much! That makes complete sense.

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