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  • Billy Thorpe
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    Dukkha

    Is having a realisation that everything in life is in some way dissatisfying an insight? I have begun to just accept that this is how life is? Am I just being negative or am I seeing things as they are?

  • Billy Thorpe
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    Originally posted by Eamonn McGrath View Post
    I like your comments Bhante. Taking the first noble truth about Dukkha and everything in life to be dissatisfying, as a negative .... so why even bother.... is not helpful, if these statements are taken too directly. It can lead to total dispassion to life and potentially worse. I think that having the understanding that there is nothing within the conditioned realm that provides lasting happiness is very important to understand, but that doesnt mean we dont participate in life. To me, it just means I need to be aware that the pleasure that I am participating in (eating my favourite food, listening to my favourite music, surfing great waves) wont last, but I can enjoy it while its present. However, with awareness I know it will pass and when this happens its time to just let it go ...... ie "no clinging"

    Mega Metta
    Eamonn
    I get what you're saying as far as eating, shopping, surfing etc. These are impermanent pleasures and its really not difficult at all for me to see this but other things are more difficult. If the Buddha says do not take refuge in anything external. That happiness is not out there it is within then why do we continue to do things such as search for meaning in careers, better relationships etc? If we didn't believe these things would make us happy then why do them?

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  • Eamonn McGrath
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    I like your comments Bhante. Taking the first noble truth about Dukkha and everything in life to be dissatisfying, as a negative .... so why even bother.... is not helpful, if these statements are taken too directly. It can lead to total dispassion to life and potentially worse. I think that having the understanding that there is nothing within the conditioned realm that provides lasting happiness is very important to understand, but that doesnt mean we dont participate in life. To me, it just means I need to be aware that the pleasure that I am participating in (eating my favourite food, listening to my favourite music, surfing great waves) wont last, but I can enjoy it while its present. However, with awareness I know it will pass and when this happens its time to just let it go ...... ie "no clinging"

    Mega Metta
    Eamonn

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  • Bhikkhu Sunyo
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    Hi Billy,

    Seeing this in context of your other posts I'd say this is coming from negativity, so it's not really an insight. Be careful of falling into a negative spiral! Keep doing things that give you a sense of well-being, however small. Things like taking a walk, making yourself a nice meal, reading a book, whatever helps.

    With kindness,
    Sunyo

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