What Causes Us To Suffer?

Apples and Oranges

Comparing Things

At times, we may feel that thinking is suffering, like a thief robbing us of the present. What can we do to stop it? In the day, it is light; at night, it is dark.

Is this itself suffering? Only if we compare the way things are now with other situations we have known and wish it were otherwise. Ultimately things are just as they are – only our comparisons cause us to suffer.

…..Achaan Chah

A Still Forest Pool
A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chan

compiled by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter

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