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Saturday, July 15, 2023


When we are happy, do we suffer? Do we suffer when we are happy?

SR: Suffering exists actually in your happiness. And so if you seek for happiness, you will get suffering, not happiness. So when you suffer, you should find true happiness in your suffering. That is how you seek for true happiness. If you try to find out what is real suffering, you should seek for happiness [laughter]. You will find out what is suffering in its true sense.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Lama Govinda