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Friday, December 11, 2020

Suffering

Buddha taught us the Four Noble Truths and first of all he taught us this is world of suffering. Why we suffer is this is world of fantasy, everything changes. When everything changes we seek for some permanent thing, we want everything to be permanent. Especially when we have something good or when we see something beautiful, we want it to be always in that way. But actually everything changes. So that is why we suffer. So even though we seek for happiness it is not possible to have it because we are expecting something to be always constant when everything changes. So naturally we must have suffering. So far, according to this teaching, there is no other way for us to live in the world of suffering-- that is the only way to exist in this world.         --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC