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Unappreciative Buddhism?

02/01/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

From Sujatin:

We must work with our fears, frustrations, disappointments,
and irritations, the painful aspects of life. People complain
that Buddhism is an extremely gloomy religion because it
emphasizes suffering and misery. Usually religions speak of
beauty, song, ecstasy, bliss. But according to Buddha, we
must begin by seeing the experience of life as it is. We must
see the truth of suffering, the reality of dissatisfaction. We
cannot ignore it and attempt to examine only the glorious,
pleasurable aspects of life....So all sects and schools of
Buddhism agree that we must begin by facing the reality of
our living situations. We cannot begin by dreaming.

~ Chogyam Trungpa, The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

I'd be interested in Jack, Tim, or anyone else's take on this.

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Comment from: Chris Corrigan [Visitor]
Chris CorriganWell, the first Noble Truth is that life is suffering, and the second one is that the cause of suffering is attachment. The third truth is that there is freedom from suffering and the fourth truth is that the Eight Fold path takes us there.

So a Buddhist approach happens with looking at the suffering initially and then understanding very quickly the root cause of that suffering before applying the 8 fold psth.

It is a profoundly appreciative approach, in my view as it encourages us to see the pain and suffering in ourlives as the opportunities to move towards freedom. It transforms the negative into gifts and develops compassion and empathy for ourselves and others.
02/21/06 @ 12:05