The Key to Liberation

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


Monica May
Monica May4 years ago


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Karen R5 years ago


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Daphne Waisel5 years ago


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Teresa W5 years ago


Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

the greatest gift

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

good reminder

Siobhan James
Siobhan James6 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago


Jewels S.
Jewels S7 years ago

I do understand this. As I have gone through experiences I have found them to be alleviated by one thing. Gratitude. It seems simple or hard depends on how you look at it. I found it hard at one time but easy now. If I am struggling with something, I know I probably need to change my expectations about something. I just read Eat, Pray, Love and connected with it because I used to have panic attacks. I realized the reason I was having them was because I refused to accept what I can not change. I look at them as temper tantrums now. I can still get them but now I know the path back to peace. Acceptance and gratitude.