The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

To Continue Suffering Is More Difficult

Source: To Continue Suffering Is More Difficult | Great Middle Way

12239468_1719332354965252_6289960007369277130_nThe path is easy and simple: avoid harm, do good, and purify the mind.

What is difficult and complicated is to continue suffering. Going against our very nature, fixated on the lies of separation and supremacy, acting out of attachment, aversion, and indifference, and reaping pain is difficult.

The path reveals our inherent Buddha Nature. This Buddha Nature is not a seed, a potential, or a possibility, but rather a complete reality. There is nothing to build; nothing to elaborate.

In truth, we only have two problems: wrong views and afflicted emotions. And they are incidental —that is, they are not in our nature.

When we avoid harm, we remove the veils of the afflicted emotions. When we do good, we cultivate peace. When we purify the mind, we discard wrong views.


6 responses

  1. For sure……what makes it so difficult to not embrace suffering is that the path there is so well worn and deeply grooved. Kinda like trying to pull your vehicle out of mud or snow grooves. Definitely possible however, and so great is the reward to feel life without suffering. The relief is unimaginable til experienced.

    January 12, 2016 at 6:15 am

    • Lou

      Pain and pleasure are two sides of that coin. All samsara.

      January 12, 2016 at 6:24 am

  2. Lou, it’s not enough to say that pain and pleasure are all samsara, which is of course true but there is more. Beyond the duality of good and bad, pain and pleasure there is enlightenment. We need to move beyond our habitual dualistic understanding.
    Another way is to say that even the most pleasurable of all experiences are samsaric as they pail in comparison to enlightenment.
    These are two ways of moving beyond for likely different people.

    January 13, 2016 at 4:04 am

    • Lou

      Thank you, tell us more.

      January 13, 2016 at 4:09 am

      • This is where things get tricky. How to talk about something we don’t have words for. I can only quote the 16th Karmapa here:
        “This ordinary mind of nowness is untouched by fixations on birth and liberation.
        Its unceasing manifestation is unshaken by projections.
        The realm of Samsara and Nirvana appear simultaneously – This is the effortless path of the marvellous mahamudra.
        Seeing the self-existing ground of insight,
        The gates of Samsara and Nirvana fall into step,
        And the apparent confusion of the three worlds collapses into space.
        The three bodies of enlightenment are arrived at in a natural state, So why look forward to future results?
        This is the special teaching of the Kagyupas
        Thinking on that, I emulate my forefathers.”

        Samsara and Nirvana arise together and form the path of Mahamudra, enlightenment.

        January 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

        • Lou

          Thank you

          January 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

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