It’s taught that after the Buddha’s awakening, He first taught that suffering is the nature of existence. As Buddhists we might exaggerate or minimize the importance of this truth, thinking either we’ve been cursed, or that it’s really not that bad after all. But it wasn’t a threat, or a teaching device, or a religious belief, it was, and is, a simple truth as discovered in Buddha’s awakening.
Despite how it may seem, the Truth of Suffering is not all that doom and gloom. In fact, the message of the truth of suffering is the first expression of Buddha’s kindness, revealing this inconvenient truth, not as a warning, but as a doorway, opening the gate of the dharma that we might walk through. Have you found the Nobility of this truth in your life, it’s kindness? Let’s explore together…
Mitra Mark has been a student of the Dharma for several decades and has studied with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since the early 1990s. Over the years, Mark served in a variety of leadership and service roles within Nalandabodhi. In 2005, he was appointed as a teacher (Mitra) and made a member of the Mitra Council where his focus is the Path of Mindful Activity — the intersection of dharma and daily life.
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