The Buddha taught that suffering is an inevitable aspect of life; this is his first noble truth. But if you stop there and look no further into his teaching, you will miss the whole point. Given all the problems in the world, we could easily become discouraged, even hopeless, about ever finding true peace of mind. But the Buddha’s teaching brings hope and confidence in our ability to go to the root cause of suffering.
Find out the true key to liberation as explained by this noted Buddhist teacher, here.
The key to liberation lies within each one of us. Simply knowing this much about Buddha’s teaching can change how you and I experience suffering. If liberation is in our own hands, then we are empowered. We can cut through conditioning that makes us feel like victims. In contrast, when a problem is perceived as being “out there,” we feel powerless to change it, and liberation then depends on overcoming or getting away from whomever or whatever is oppressing us.
In order to be liberated, it is not enough simply to see how we have caused our own suffering through karma, the law of cause and effect. We have to see that we are creating our suffering now, moment by moment, by setting up the delusion of separateness.
Adapted from The Path of the Human Being, by Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi (Shambhala, 2003). Meet Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi at the Omega Being Fearless Conference, 3/31-4/2. See www.eomega.org.