Pain and Suffering

1375908_727269923966662_1356277323_nThe Buddha Shakyamuni taught different approaches to turn the experience of pain and suffering into Dharma practice:

  1. We can understand that the present experience of pain and suffering is the consequence of previous negative acts. This unwholesome karma was in our mind continuum as a latent seed, and is manifesting now. We can resolve to abandon the causes of future suffering, and be grateful that once this negative consequence is experienced, that particular unwholesome karma will be definitely purified.
  2. As we experience pain and suffering, we can reflect on the fact that countless other sentient beings are enduring similar or worse circumstances. We can utilize this understanding to deepen and intensify our loving kindness and compassion, wishing that our present hardship free all beings from suffering and its causes.
  3. From the level of absolute truth, we can contemplate that the one who suffers and the experience of suffering have no real existence. The pain and suffering, although appearing to our consciousness, are insubstantial, impermanent, and dependent on multiple causes and conditions. Thus, suffering is an opportunity to cultivate wisdom.

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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One Response to Pain and Suffering

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年09月16日 (週二) 8:34 PM 寫道﹕

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