The Cessation of Suffering

The third noble truth
The cessation of suffering
is recognising the cause of suffering.

The third noble truth is the approach, method or tradition we choose to follow to end suffering: this echoes our tendencies at that given moment. This is such a delicate matter as it all depends on what or whom we encounter, and the level at which they are working.

In Buddhism, all nine levels are correct and complete: however, as our perception changes, so wherever we find ourselves could become unsatisfactory and create suffering. It all depends on what is causing us dissatisfaction – which is suffering! Of course, all the levels are incorporated into our practice, but there will be an approach that is dominant. It’s important to understand that there are different levels as, without that understanding, we could be caught in a community of dogma for some time without finding liberation. We can become stuck trying to squeeze into something that no longer fits: it’s not that the community is wrong, but rather, our understanding has changed.

The cessation of suffering
is recognising the cause of suffering,
and that will depend on what you recognise as the cause.

This blog is primarily Dzogchen (Maha Ati) and so the cause of suffering is also the path, the method used for liberation. The negative emotions are not something to fear and run away from: they are a direct reflection of our wisdom essence. So in Dzogchen, an understanding of the inseparability of the two truths (emotions and wisdoms) ends suffering. For without the emotions (the dust on the mirror), the mirror (wisdom essence) couldn’t realise itself!

The fourth noble truth
How to end suffering


That will depend on what is recognised.

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