Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter Thirteen: Fragment Three: Bringing Suffering into the Path (David W. Jardine, Graham McCaffrey & Christopher Gilham)
Fragment Three: Bringing Suffering inTo The Path david w. jardine, graham mccaffrey & christopher gilham You must accept [suffering] when [it] arise[s] because (1) if you do not do this, in addi- tion to the basic suffering, you have the suffering of worry that is produced by your own thoughts, and then the suffering becomes very difficult for you to bear; (2) if you accept the suffering, you let the basic suffering be and do not stop it, but you never have the suffering of worry that creates discontentment when you focus on the basic suffering; and (3) since you are using a method to bring even basic sufferings into the path, you greatly lessen your suffering, so you can bear it. Therefore, it is very crucial that you generate the patience that accepts suffering. tsong-kha-pa (2004, pp. 172–173) This reminds me of an admixture that has been at the heart of our venture. This in particular: to “let the basic suffering be.” We want to “bring it into the path,” that is, to use the Greco-European for- mulation, we want to see the good in it and not simply recoil away from its ap- pearances. “As you continually experience …suffering …you must know how to bring it into the path. Otherwise …you either generate hostility or you become discouraged” (Tsong-kha-pa, 2004, p. 172). When the First Noble Truth states that all life is suffering, accepting this truth and learning to be patient with its endless reappearance in our...
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