The Buddha had no patience for diversions from his goal, which was to end needless suffering.
If you have been reading Melting-Pot Dharma long enough, you know that I’m about to make a connection between blizzards and email and tie it all in to spiritual wholeness.
With the word “suffering” at their heart, the Four Noble Truths sound to many of us like nonsense.
Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
The first noble truth of Buddhism, which is often translated simply as suffering, actually has a richer meaning. It conveys a sense of bitterness, of unsatisfactoriness, of incompleteness. The Buddha was realistic. He did not deny the existence of happiness in our daily lives. Life is filled with…
Buddhism…recognizes that we spend most of our lives here in the “relative” world, where pain is very real and nothing to be ashamed of.