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The Downside of Dukkha, by John Aske – Buddhism now


Dukkha is commonly translated as ‘struggling’, however the phrase is extra exactly ‘bearing it’, and that provides a clue to the entire downside. We have a tendency to think about struggling as ‘one thing I do’, reasonably than an issue I’ve to take care of. However aside from precise bodily ache, Dukkha is basically brought on by greedy and entangling ourselves in one thing that causes us unhappiness.

​It doesn’t appear troublesome coping with issues we like, however coping with issues we don’t like is a fairly completely different matter. All kinds of hesitations and anxieties come up, and we put issues off to a different day or maybe conveniently overlook about them in the intervening time. However Dukkha doesn’t go away, irrespective of how a lot we attempt to keep away from it. It hangs round like a nasty odor, however in contrast to a nasty odor, it may’t simply be wiped away with Domestos. It’s like a part of the household you don’t need to invite as a result of they ‘trigger bother’. And it’s no good ignoring Dukkha, as a result of – like a troublesome youngster – ignoring it has very restricted efficacy. At some stage, you will should take care of it, after which because the Greek thinker stated: ‘Go forth and face it.’ This offers you a bonus, as a result of it allows you to realise that Dukkha and you’re separate, and that Dukkha is just a situation and as such, it arises and might stop.

​Half the issue of Dukkha is the boundaries we put up towards it – the thoughts preventing the thoughts – which wears us down and usually achieves nothing. The Sufi Rumi wrote a beautiful poem known as ‘The Visitor Home’ during which he stated: ‘Invite all of them in and one thing great will comply with.’ I hope he’s proper, however Ajahn Chah commented: ‘However be sure to occupy the one seat, and don’t let anybody else sit there.’ And that appears a smart precaution.

Pink RoseThe best way we see ourselves – and the way in which others see us – additionally influences every part we do and the way we predict; and it is a massive supply of Dukkha. Small errors and accidents can decrease our confidence in ourselves and the way in which we really feel others see us, simply as a hit – nevertheless small – can elevate us to the heights. Our egos – knowledgeable dramatists – exacerbate every part, good and dangerous, as a result of this justifies their maintain on us. Our egos are just like the editors of scandal sheets (and the web) that feed every part again to us, blown out of all proportion.

​​In a quiet second, Ajahn Sumedho suggests we take the place of the editor, and suggest one thing unlikely, like, ’I’m going to a tropical island with no virus on it,’ and watch the ego arguing about it. However simply earlier than we made the proposition, there was simply that quiet house, during which the intuitive understanding merely observes. With observe, you come to know this consciousness an increasing number of and you’ll see the ego’s video games upfront, foresee the way it will behave and this provides you nice assist in dealing with the ups and downs of life as you come throughout them.

​This isn’t an evasion however an getting into right into a relationship with an issue in consciousness. It isn’t an escape from life. Typically individuals shut themselves away, hoping that can clear up the issue, however they take all their issues with them. We have to get on the raft the Buddha left for us and get crusing, as a result of there’ll inevitably be uneven waters forward and there’s no method again.

Because the poet Wislawa Szymborska says so fantastically in regards to the uninhabited island:

‥faint footprints scattered on its seashores

flip with out exception to the ocean.

As if all you are able to do right here is depart

and plunge, by no means to return, into the depths.

into unfathomable life.

‥faint footprints scattered on its seashores

flip with out exception to the ocean.

As if all you are able to do right here is depart

and plunge, by no means to return, into the depths.

into unfathomable life.


The well-preserved floor and traces of paint present an concept of what this head seemed like when it was being utilized in worship.
The abstracted therapy of the eyes and the intersecting plains defining brow, eyebrows, and nostril are stylistic options shared with imagery produced in north India through the Gupta interval.

The truth that this north Indian method of presenting the Buddha had penetrated into Afghanistan suggests a shared Buddhist custom.

Classes: Buddhism, Foundations, John Aske

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