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Don't Suffer More Than Needed | Buddhist Philosophy on Pain and Suffering

Kie Einzelgänger | 14:05

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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.


The greatest misfortune hardly affects some people. While the slightest inconvenience leads other people into states of deep acny. Thus, could it be that suffering is something we can manage and doesn't always have to result from pain. The first noble truth of Buddhism tells us that suffering is part of living in the world and comes in many different forms like sorrow, the fear of loss, and lamentation.


Most, if not all, people experience these forms of suffering at some point in their lives. The good news is that Buddhism offers a way out as the Buddha scientist teachings to end. Part of this process is the realization that the affliction by external forces is inevitable, but that we can minimize further suffering.


This video dives into the Buddhist view on pain and suffering and how we can suffer less, even though adversity and misfortune are part of life.


As humans, we cannot escape the impermanent nature of life. The environment changes all the time. Sometimes life provides us with wealth, and another time life takes from us everything we have. According to Buddhism, if we think we can escape the erratic and unpredictable movements of the universe, we don't have a clear view of reality.


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