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Suffering

The Buddha's first teachings focused on suffering and it's a theme or at least addressed in almost all religions, philosophical and political traditions. This universal experience often inspires people to begin a spiritual path, to seek their own discoveries of the deeper meanings of life, or to launch a life beyond inherited norms.

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“A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time”

Odysseus Ὀδυσσεύς 1 via Homer, The Odyssey
(Ulysses)
Trickster lineage hero and symbol

Themes: Suffering

“Discontent springs from a constant endeavor to increase the amount of our claims when we are powerless to increase the amount which will satisfy them.”

Homer 1 via Arthur Schopenhauer
Primogenitor of Western culture
from Odyssey, Ὀδύσσεια

Themes: Hope Suffering

“Fools vainly think no sorrows like their own; but view the world and you will learn to bear misfortunes well, since all men have their share.”

Aesop 620 – 546 BCE via Oliver Goldsmith
Hero of the oppressed and downtrodden
from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Suffering

“Birth is painful, old age is painful, sickness is painful, death is painful, sorrow, lamentation, dejection, and despair are painful. Contact with unpleasant things, not getting what one wishes is painful. In short, the five groups of grasping are painful.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth
from The Surmon at Benares

Themes: Old Age Suffering

“Suffering follows a negative thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE via Eknath Easwaran
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth
from Dhammapada धम्मपद

Themes: Suffering

“The cause of suffering is the desire to change things, to try to make them different, or hope they change.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE via Stephen H. Wolinsky
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth

Themes: Hope Suffering

“In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

Aeschylus Αἰσχύλος 525 – 455 BCE via Edith Hamilton
The Father of Tragedy
from Agamemnon

Themes: Wisdom Suffering

“Wisdom comes only through suffering.”

Aeschylus Αἰσχύλος 525 – 455 BCE
The Father of Tragedy

Themes: Suffering Wisdom

“Anyone understanding their neighbor's suffering would be glad to go home with their own.”

Herodotus Ἡρόδοτος 1 via Shan Dao
“The Father of History”
from Histories

Themes: Suffering

“I go to lead my sisters by the hand
To share my wretche ness in a foreign land.”

Euripides 480 – 406 BCE via Philip Vellacott
Ancient humanitarian influence continuing today
from Bacchae Βάκχαι

Themes: Suffering

“If we are content with whatever happens and follow the flow, joy and sorrow cannot affect us. This is what the ancients called freedom from bondage.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE
(Zhuangzi)

44. Fame and Fortune

“Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any human suffering. Just as there is no profit in medicine if it does not cure a disease of the body, to there is no profit in philosophy if it does not cure suffering of the mind.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE
Western Buddha
from On Nature

67. Three Treasures

“If suffering is slight, disregard it; if great, it won’t last long.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE
Western Buddha
from On Nature

Themes: Health Suffering

“The world is what we make it and all happiness and suffering is self-created. Why continuously make more and more unnecessary problems?”

Lie Yukou 列圄寇/列禦寇/列子 1 via Zhang Zhan (370 CE) / Eva Wong
(Liè Yǔkòu, Liezi)
from Liezi "True Classic of Simplicity and Perfect Emptiness”

“Watch a man in times of adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off.”

Lucretius 99 – 55 BCE
(Titus Carus)
from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)

“If we really want to offer someone who is suffering a transfusion of peace and serenity, the best we can do is to be in touch with that in ourselves which is already beyond death.”

Jesus 3 BCE – 30 CE

Themes: Suffering

67. Three Treasures

“We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us.”

Epictetus Ἐπίκτητος 55 – 135 CE
from Discourses of Epictetus, Ἐπικτήτου διατριβαί

Themes: Suffering

81. Journey Without Goal
2. The Wordless Teachings

“We’re not disturbed by what happens to us – only by our thoughts about what happens to us”

Epictetus Ἐπίκτητος 55 – 135 CE
from Discourses of Epictetus, Ἐπικτήτου διατριβαί

Themes: Suffering

2. The Wordless Teachings

“We hate suffering, but love it’s causes.”

Shantideva ཞི་བ་ལྷ།།། 685 – 763 CE
(Bhusuku, Śāntideva)
from Bodhisattva Way of Life, Bodhicaryavatara

2. The Wordless Teachings

“Had I not known sorrow and remorse, how could I have entered the path to liberation?”

Tantepa 1 via Keith Dowman

Themes: Suffering

“All pleasure and pain arise in the mind so cultivate mind’s nature; awaken consciousness in the heart’s core.”

Shantipa ཤཱནྟི་པ། 1 via Keith Dowman, Shan Dao
("The Academic")
Mahasiddha #12

“Even though there is no pain in the body, there is still pain in the mind.”

Gesar of Ling གེ་སར་རྒྱལ་པོ། 1 via Robin Kornman
from Gesar of Ling Epic

Themes: Suffering

“All of a man’s happiness is in his being the master of his ego, while all his suffering is in his ego being his master.”

Al-Ghazali أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الطوسي الغزالي 1058 – 1111 CE
(Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali)
Philosopher of Sufism

“Perhaps by mingling my sighs with yours I may make your sufferings less, for it is said that all sorrows divided are made lighter.”

Heloise 1090 – 1164 CE

“When the bottom is filled with rubbish, just walk through the sludge.”

Hóngzhì Zhēngjué 宏智正覺 1091 – 1157 CE via Dan Leighton
(Shōgaku)
from Cultivating the Emplty Field

“If you would be free of this suffering, see the workings of your mind as but a single thought.”

Kālapa ཀཱ་ལ་པ། 1 via Keith Dowman
("The Handsome Madman")
Mahasiddha #27
from Masters of Mahamudra

Themes: Suffering

39. Oneness

“Happiness comes from wanting others to be happy, suffering from only wanting happiness for ourselves.”

Sakya Pandita ས་སྐྱ་པཎྜ་ཏ་ཀུན་དགའ་རྒྱལ་མཚན། 1182 – 1251 CE via John T. Davenport, Shan Dao
(Kunga Gyeltsen)
from Ordinary Wisdom, Sakya Legshe (Jewel Treasury of Good Advice)

“Like a dream, our actions seem to not be very meaningful or important; but, they bring about all the variety of happiness and suffering.”

Longchenpa ཀློང་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས་པ། 1308 – 1364 CE via Herbert V. Guenther, Shan Dao
(Longchen Rabjampa, Drimé Özer)
from Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease ངལ་གསོ་སྐོར་གསུམ་

“For both of us with right on love complain.
I am so full of sorrow, I maintain
Another single drop could find no place
To sit on me, because there is no space.”

Geoffrey Chaucer 1343 – 1400 CE via W. W. Skeat
“Father of English literature”
from Troilus and Cressida

“For fear of becoming miserable, we never cease to be so.”

Poggio Bracciolini 1380 – 1459 CE via Sansoni
from Nel VI Centenario della Nascita

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.”

Montaigne 1533 – 1592 CE
Grandfather of the Enlightenment

Themes: Suffering

46. Enough

“In suffering, the soul practices and acquires virtue, and becomes pure, wiser, and more cautious.”

John of the Cross 1542 – 1591 CE

Themes: Suffering

“All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”

Blaise Pascal 1623 – 1662 CE
One of the greatest French writers of all time

“Must it ever be thus-that the source of our happiness must also be the fountain of our misery?”

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749 – 1832 CE

46. Enough

“One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.”

Madame de Staël 1766 – 1817 CE
(Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein)
"The greatest woman of her time"

“Accustom yourself to regarding the world as a place of suffering, a sort of penal colony and expect the calamities, torments, and miseries of life as normal... this makes us see other people in their true light and reminds us of what is most important: tolerance, patience charity”

Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 CE via R.J. Hollingdale, Shan Dao
from Parerga and Paralipomena, "Appendices" and "Omissions"

“My hair is grey, but not with years,
Nor grew it white
In a single night,
As men's have grown from sudden fears.”

Lord Byron 1788 – 1824 CE
(George Gordon Byron)
The first rock-star style celebrity
from The Prisoner of Chillon (1816)

Themes: Suffering

“Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!”

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822 CE

Themes: Suffering

“Is there another Life? Shall I awake and find all this a dream? There must be... We cannot be created for this sort of suffering.”

John Keats 1795 – 1821 CE
Writer of "poems as immortal as English"

Themes: Suffering Dream

“Adverse conditions are spiritual friends… Illness is the broom for evil and obscurations. Suffering is the dance of what is.”

Jamgon Kongtrul the Great འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། 1813 – 1899 CE via Judith Hanson
(Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé)
from Torch of Certainty

Themes: Suffering Evil

18. The Sick Society

“All suffering comes from desiring happiness for oneself.”

Jamgon Kongtrul the Great འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། 1813 – 1899 CE
(Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé)
from Torch of Certainty

3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones
37. Nameless Simplicity

“You could construe abandoning all hope of results as being to your welfare. For example fame, renown, comfort, and happiness in this life, later happiness among gods or men, even the desire to achieve the transcendence of misery itself.”

Jamgon Kongtrul the Great འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། 1813 – 1899 CE
(Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé)
from Torch of Certainty

77. Stringing a Bow

“You could construe abandoning all hope of results as being to your welfare. For example fame, renown, comfort, and happiness in this life, later happiness among gods or men, even the desire to achieve the transcendence of misery itself.”

Jamgon Kongtrul the Great འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། 1813 – 1899 CE
(Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé)
from Torch of Certainty

77. Stringing a Bow

“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.”

Herman Melville 1819 – 1891 CE
from Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes: Suffering

“Trouble is so hard to bear, is it not? How can we live and think that anyone has trouble—piercing trouble—and we could help them, and never try.”

George Eliot 1819 – 1880 CE
(Mary Anne Evans)
Pioneering literary outsider

from Middlemarch

Themes: Suffering

“There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский 1821 – 1881 CE

Themes: Suffering

“what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”

Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 CE
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
America’s most famous author

2. The Wordless Teachings

“God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.”

Ramakrishna 1836 – 1886 CE

Themes: Suffering

“Life seems to many people like that African forest which a traveler described as a forest of fish-hooks, varied with an occasional patch of penknives.”

William L. Watkinson 1838 – 1925 CE
Well-known and accomplished Christian preacher

Themes: Suffering

“About life, the wisest men of all ages have come to the same conclusion: it is no good.”

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900 CE via Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale
from Twilight of the Idols

Themes: Suffering

“If we knew everything, we could not endure existence a single hour.”

Anatole France 1844 – 1924 CE
(Jacques Anatole Thibault)
from The Garden of Epicurus

Themes: Suffering

48. Unlearning

“The word ‘ch’an, ‘dust,’ is a Buddhist term which means ‘the worry of worldliness’.”

Paul Carus 1852 – 1919 CE
The Teachings of Lao Tzu

Themes: Suffering

4. The Father of All Things

“"God will not look you over for medals, diplomas, or degrees – but for scars."”

Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915 CE
from A Message to Garcia and Thirteen Other Things

Themes: Suffering

18. The Sick Society

“It is by our power to suffer, above all, that we are of more value than the sparrows... What do outside trappings matter?”

Edith Hamilton 1867 – 1963 CE
from The Greek Way, 1930

Themes: Suffering

“Suffering raises up truly great souls; it is only small souls that it makes mean-spirited.”

Alexandra David-Néel 1868 – 1969 CE

“Did you think you could have the good without the evil? Did you think you could have the joy without the sorrow?... Sooner or later, regardless of the wit of man, we have pain to face; a reality; a final inescapable, immutable fact of life. What poor souls, if we have then no philosophy to face it with! I'll think about what I am going to write tomorrow-not about me, not about my body.”

David Grayson 1870 – 1946 CE
(Ray Stannard Baker)
One of the most insightful journalists, historians, and biographers of his time

Themes: Suffering

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

Charles Beard 1874 – 1948 CE
(Austin)
Pioneering progressive historian

“Seldom—or perhaps never—does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothy and without crises; there is no coming to consciousness without pain.”

Carl Jung 1875 – 1961 CE
Insightful shamanistic scientist

Themes: Suffering

“Even the knowing animals are aware that we feel little secure and at home in our interpreted world.”

Rainer Maria Rilke 1875 – 1926 CE
Profound singer of universal music
from Duino Elegies

Themes: Suffering

“We wasters of sorrows… trying to foresee their end… they are nothing else than our winter foliage.”

Rainer Maria Rilke 1875 – 1926 CE
Profound singer of universal music

Themes: Suffering

“decorate the dungeon with flowers… As we are a doomed race, chained to a sinking ship, as the whole thing is a bad joke, let us, at any rate do our part; mitigate the suffering of our fellow-prisoners”

Virginia Woolf 1882 – 1941 CE
from Mrs. Dalloway

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... watch with serenity through the winders of your grief.”

Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931 CE
from The Prophet

Themes: Suffering

“suffering is the greatest guide along the ascent which leads from animal to man”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE
from Report to Greco

Themes: Suffering

“It is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.”

Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931 CE
from The Prophet

“The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and it can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone can open the mind of man to all that is hidden to others.”

Igjugarjuk 1 via Knud Rasmussen
Eskimo healer, Caribou teacher, great Inuit shaman
from The Fifth Thule Expedition

“How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.”

Will (and Ariel) Durant 1885 – 1981 CE

Themes: Reason Suffering

50. Claws and Swords

“For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889 – 1951 CE via Rush Rhees
One of the world's most famous philosophers
from Personal Recollections (1981)

Themes: Suffering

“The mountains bow before this anguish,
The great river does not flow.
In mortal sadness the convicts languish;
but cannot burst these ponderous bolts
that block us from the prison cells
crowded with mortal woe...”

Anna Akhmatova Анна Ахматова 1889 – 1966 CE via D. M. Thomas
(Andreyevna Gorenko)
Russia's most loved female poet
from "Dedication"

Themes: Suffering

“Struggle is the most invaluable experience of all. Suffering seems to be the inevitable fate of the creative sensitive types. Poverty, disease, death, unrequited love affairs, and disappointments of every sort fan the flame of the artistic spirit. The greatest works of art were not created by spoiled brats. They were born for the most part out of a sense of despair, and if not despair then just plain hard work. Somewhere along the line the artist learns the art of transformation.”

Henry Miller 1891 – 1980 CE
from Reflections (1981)

“Two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE
from Island

Themes: Suffering

“At its best life is short; half of its felicities are illusions and the other half are fatal in their consequences. There is little of which we can be certain, and much of which we must be regretful or ashamed.”

Lín Yǔtáng 林語堂 1895 – 1976 CE
from On the Wisdom of America, 1950

Themes: Suffering

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”

Erich Fromm 1900 – 1980 CE
One of the most powerful voices of his era promoting the true personal freedom beyond social, political, religious, and national belief systems

3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”

Viktor Frankl 1905 – 1997 CE
Brave and insightful concentration camp survivor

Themes: Suffering

“What stirs lyrical poets to their finest flights is neither the delight of the senses nor the fruitful contentment of the settled couple; not the satisfaction of love, but its passion. And passion means suffering.”

Denys de Rougemont 1906 – 1985 CE
Non-conformist leader, influential cultural theorist
from Love in the Western World

Themes: Hope Suffering

“It is always the intellectuals that suffer in any repressive society. But such situations toughen the moral fiber.”

Freda Bedi, Sister Palmo 1911 – 1977 CE

Themes: Suffering

“We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.”

Lewis Thomas 1913 – 1993 CE
Gestaltist of science and art
from Medusa and the Snail (1974)

Themes: Suffering

“The extremity of the situation itself,[ the suffering] generates compassion because the most intense darkness is itself the seed of light, and all explicit warfare is implicit love.”

Alan Watts 1915 – 1973 CE
from Psychotherapy East and West

“Pain and death expose the pretense that one's inmost self is permanent, that it is in control. Hence the obscure but powerful feeling that one ought not to suffer or die.”

Alan Watts 1915 – 1973 CE
from Psychotherapy East and West

“You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and you turn it into compassion.”

Karmapa XVI ཀརྨ་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད། 1924 – 1981 CE
(Rangjung Rigpe Dorje)
from Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

Themes: Suffering

67. Three Treasures

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

Carlos Castaneda 1925 – 1998 CE

59. The Gardening of Spirit

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh tʰǐk ɲɜ̌t hɐ̂ʔɲ 1926 CE –

Themes: Suffering

“It is not impermanence tht makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh tʰǐk ɲɜ̌t hɐ̂ʔɲ 1926 CE –

“Giving up dualistic mind is not like throwing away garbage, or as easy as just saying it... dualistic mind has existed for countless lives, beings obviously have not had any power to give it up. That is why grasping mind exists, which continuously causes suffering.”

Thinley Norbu གདུང་སྲས་ཕྲིན་ལས་ནོར་བུ 1931 – 2011 CE
(Kyabjé Dungse)

“Drunk on freedom, trapped by desire, intoxicated with sex, and wandering in confusion; we stumble into the future.”

Shan Dao 山道 1933 CE –

Themes: Suffering

“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2016 CE

Themes: Suffering

“If it's punishment, it's something outside. Someone is doing it to us. But if we think of it in terms of suffering, then it's with us and with others. That's a very different way of looking at it, being punished or just suffering.”

Jakusho Kwong 1935 CE –
from Mind Following Breath

“What if all suffering is the result of confused thoughts?”

Stephen Mitchell 1943 CE –
from Second Book of Tao

Themes: Suffering

“If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”

Bob Marley 1945 – 1981 CE

Themes: Suffering Love

“Forget your troubles and dance! Forget your sorrows and dance! Forget your sickness and dance! Forget your weakness and dance!”

Bob Marley 1945 – 1981 CE

Themes: Forget Suffering

“The most striking quality that humans and animals have in common is the capacity to experience suffering.”

Matthieu Ricard माथ्यु रिका 1946 CE –
"The happiest person in the world”

Themes: Suffering

“Her tears dried up, as if her emotions had run into an invisible wall.”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE – via Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel
from 1Q84

Themes: Suffering

“When I should have felt real pain, I stifled it. I didn't want to take it on, so I avoided facing up to it. Which is why my heart is so empty now.”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE – via Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen

Themes: Suffering

“From time immemorial we have been addicted to the self that loathes suffering and loves the causes of suffering.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche རྫོང་གསར་ འཇམ་དབྱངས་ མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ རིན་པོ་ཆེ། 1961 CE –
(Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)
"Activity" incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Themes: Suffering

13. Honor and Disgrace

“The only view that truly works for a dharma practitioner is that there are no solutions to the sufferings of samsara and it cannot be fixed… absolutely nothing genuinely works in samsara.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche རྫོང་གསར་ འཇམ་དབྱངས་ མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ རིན་པོ་ཆེ། 1961 CE –
(Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)
"Activity" incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Themes: Suffering

“We expect to be comfortable all the time and when troubled wonder what went wrong. In fact we simply live in an unreliable world, there’s no escaping it.”

Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche ཛི་གར་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ། 1964 CE –
from It's Up to You

Themes: Suffering

“Compassion must start with seeing our own suffering.”

Dzogchen Pönlop 1965 CE –

Themes: Suffering

“Sometimes we are too polite with our suffering and allow it to dominate our life.”

Dzogchen Pönlop 1965 CE –

Themes: Suffering

“We suffer, therefore we think, and we do so because thinking helps us to place pain in context, it helps us to understand its origins, plot its dimensions and reconcile ourselves to its presence.”

Alain de Botton 1969 CE –
Philosophic link between ancient wisdom and modern challenge
from How Proust Can Change Your Life

Themes: Suffering Reason

“Suffering is the promise that life always keeps... Grief is the bill of love fallen due.”

David Mitchell 1969 CE –
from Utopia Avenue

Themes: Suffering

“As long as we don't recognize our real nature, we suffer. When we recognize our nature, we become free from suffering... Things you never dreamed possible begin to happen.”

Mingyur Rinpoche 1975 CE – via Eric Swanson
Modern-day Mahasiddha

from The Joy of Living (2007)

Themes: Suffering

“a dramatic increase in the collective power and ostensible success of our species went hand in hand with much individual suffering... This discrepancy between evolutionary success and individual suffering is perhaps the most important lesson we can draw from the Agricultural Revolution.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from Sapiens

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