Painful, Dangerous, and Boring

wheel-of-samsaraThe nature of suffering is the same for the entire three realms —like being caught in a pit of fire, or a vicious viper’s mouth, or like a bee circling inside a pot. ―Kunchen Dolpopa

In other words, the cycle of birth and death is painful, dangerous, and boring.

It is painful, because all that come together will come apart, all that is gathered will be scattered, all that is built will be destroyed, and all that are born will surely die.

It is dangerous, because all desires inevitably lead to suffering: most often, we do not get what we want; at other times, we do get what we want, but it is not what we expected; and, although rarely, sometimes we get what we want, it is just what we expected, and then we inevitably lose it… Furthermore, even that which ordinarily supports life ―such as food, drink, and shelter― can become a cause of death. It is boring, because we are doomed to repeat cycles within cycles, mistake after mistake, pain after pain: work and rest; earn and spend; hunger and satiation; love and hate; pleasure and pain;  gain and loss; praise and censure; fame and dishonor ―in short: birth, disease, old age, and death.

We need not despair. There is an end to suffering, and the Noble Eightfold Path leads to the cessation of suffering.

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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2 Responses to Painful, Dangerous, and Boring

  1. Dharma fool says:

    “There is an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned.
    If there were not that unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned,
    There would be no escape here from the born, become, made, and conditioned.
    But because there is an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned,
    Therefore is there an escape from the born, become, made, and conditioned.”
    — Buddha Shakyamuni

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2015年03月23日 (週一) 11:13 PM 寫道﹕

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