Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter Thirteen: Fragment Three: Bringing Suffering into the Path
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 addition 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)
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