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    This causes a mild form of suffering that we need to be aware of because it's the seed of a constant stream of suffering we must endure throughout our day and on and on to the end of our days.
    Sounds like he was right.  You certainly SOUND as if you are still suffering.  


    •  Of that I have no doubt (1+ / 0-)
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      My point is not that these minor annoyances in life are not suffering and certainly not that I am free of suffering myself. I think that the Buddha's point that all is suffering is absolutely right on. In fact, I have a feeling that getting beyond suffering entirely is only possible through complete disengagement.

      The teaching of equanimity is very interesting to me. It's often emphasized that it doesn't mean to be indifferent to the world, but instead to be nonreactive to it. I'm not sure this is a realistic possibility with human brains. We're genetically programmed to feel pain and react to it, so striving to get beyond this seems like a form of denial of reality.

      The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

      by Max Wyvern on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:31:11 PM PDT

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