Thursday, February 10, 2005

Suffering

The essential truth of suffering is that neither individual nor social problems are due chiefly to external conditions.
-B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

huh?, I always thought that suffering had to do with choices that we make internally that effect our external, but thats just me

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's what the quote is saying. individual and communal suffering arise from internal strife.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Hmmm. Aren't our societal conflicts external? I am of the belief that until human suffering becomes a societal concern, it will persist.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Larry D. Lyons II said...

I don't think the two ideas are in conflict.
1. societal conflicts are external, but arise primarily out of internal conflicts/suffering/strife.
2. human suffering should be a societal concern.

7:41 AM  

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