Why So Much Talk Of Suffering In Buddhism?
Our response to this will depend on our perspective, and how closely we look. Our natural nature is happiness, but this happiness is obscured. We constantly make the mistake of not recognising our natural nature of contentment. We fail to realise how fortunate we are to have a mind and body, abusing good karma by taking this for granted.
If we were in our natural state, we’d be happy all the time … but we are not, are we? It is precisely because we are confused and ignore this true nature that we search for happiness in materiality. Failing to find permanent happiness in the material, we remain dissatisfied and therefore suffer. Unfortunately, hoping to find happiness, we then go shopping again! And this shopping includes shopping for the truth.
As ordinary beings, we suffer all the time, but don’t notice this because of our constant efforts to find happiness.
We are looking for something that is already present. The truth is in full view! It’s not even under our noses. The truth is the looker, which is always present. This looker has to realise that it can never find the truth: it can only realise that IT IS THE TRUTH. In that very moment of realisation, there is no looker, but only looking … seeing … pure awareness … pure consciousness.
Of course we, in our conventional human life, have a lot to deal with as we have made our lives complicated. This busy-ness obscures – covers in darkness – the light of realisation that perfect clarity has been present all along.
Interestingly, even when this inner happiness is realised, sadness is also present. Why? Because we recognise that others cannot see their true nature. That sadness is compassionate love.
It’s tough, isn’t it?
Being soothed by poetic words only lulls us into soft obscurity.
The truth is supposed to set us free … to be clear … to be enlightening.