Saturday April 29, 2017
MiserySuffering is inevitable, but misery is optional. Many of us, I
believe, lead a life much better than those in the Third World
Countries. However, we are still dissatisfied. There are things
abound that we find imperfect or painful, and so suffering
arises. We seldom see that what we have is already enough to give
us the comfort that we need.
Some rejecters of Buddhism stop at
the First Noble Truth (Life is full of
dissatisfactions)-proclaiming the Buddha to be pessimistic and
brooding over suffering. However, we as Buddhists know that there
is the Fourth Noble Truth-the way out! While the Buddha teaches
us to be content, to treasure what we have, we are not expected
to stop at agreeing with the First Noble Truth-true and total
happiness is possible.