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Don't Suffer More Than Needed

Presenter:

Kie Einzelgänger

Time:

14:05

Summary

Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional,” is a Buddhist saying that points to a fundamental truth of existence, which is that pain and affliction are an inherent part of life: we contract illnesses, get wounded, lose our loved ones, our possessions, our social status. But despite the hardships we encounter, the degree of suffering we generate still varies per person. The greatest misfortune hardly affects some people, while the slightest inconvenience leads other people into states of deep agony. Thus, could it be that suffering is something we can manage and doesn’t always have to result from pain?

Transcript

When we think of pain and suffering, we usually think about more or less the same thing. When there's pain, they're suffering, and we can only be free from suffering if we eliminate pain. Right? Well, even though these two experiences are interconnected, pain and suffering are two fundamentally different things as far as the Buddhist are.


Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Is a Buddhist saying that points to a fundamental truth of existence, which is that pain and affliction are an inherent part of life. We contract illnesses, get wounded, lose our loved ones, our possessions, our social status. But despite the hardships we encounter, the degree of suffering we generate still varies per.

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