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Two interpretations of the three levels of suffering, Dukkha Sutta and Tibetan

There's a wrinkle in the teachings about the three levels of suffering. The Pali Canon, in SN 38.14 -- Dukkha Sutta -- has it thus (leaving things uninterpreted for the moment): the suffering of pain ...
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What is the meaning of *suffering*?

What is the meaning of the word suffering or (pali) dukkha when it is referred to in topics around Dhamma and Vinaya or Buddhism?
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Can a Buddhist be ambitious?

Over the last few months I've distanced myself from my sangha and from Buddhism in general. I still meditate but no longer identify as a Buddhist. One of the things I've noticed is the return of some ...
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How does one practice suffering well?

Correct me if I'm wrong, I understand a lot of buddhism is about relieving of suffering through practicing of detachment. Removing detachment is a long process. Until one removes those attachments, ...
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Pure Land Schools' version of the Three (or Four) Marks of Existence

I'd be grateful for references to some of the major Pure Land schools' versions of the Three (or Four) Marks (Seals) of Existence: Impermanence (anicca) Suffering (dukkha) No-self (anattā) ...
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Impermanence and suffering in Buddhism

I have an intuitive agreement with the idea that impermanence does mean that everything either is or ends in suffering. But I am not sure it makes rational sense. Can anyone explain the arguments ...
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How does one escape suffering when they cannot provide for those they love

Taoism and Buddhism say we should distance our self from suffering and accept life as is if we cannot change it. But what if we have serious clinical depression or cannot provide properly for those we ...
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Is action a form of discontent?

I know Buddhism stresses the importance of being a content person, but I can't help thinking that any action such as walking or even shifting my foot is a form of dissatisfaction for current moment. ...
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Do you become unhappy when happiness disappears?

Do you become unhappy when happiness disappears? Or is there some other state of mind between happiness and unhappiness?
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Why did the Buddha suffer before he died?

I understand that the Buddha became severely ill prior to his death as a result of eating bad food. I also was under the impression that perfectly enlightened beings have obliterated, or rendered ...
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Does the saṅ­kha­ta­lak­kha­ṇa of dukkha apply to the noble path?

Dukkha is usually clarified as an intrinsic characteristic of everything conditioned and to be as such a direct derivative of the characteristic of impermanence. Does this also apply to the noble ...
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According to the Buddha, how is one freed from suffering?

I'm a bit confused about how, according to the Buddha, one is freed from suffering. I have read that suffering is one of the marks of existence. So can one be freed from it at all? If it's an aspect ...
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Why do I learn the most from people that suffer?

When ever I see an individual that is suffering and I am able to tolerate their suffering, is also when I seem to learn and grow the most. Spiritual leaders get me on the path but the so called 'bad ...
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How do you help or take on the sufferings of others?

In the past month or so, a number of people i know are suffering in a number of ways e.g. cancer, allergies, etc. Especially when a child is concerned, i am inclined to 'take on' their suffering. ...
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Are we taught to try to understand our fears?

On page 13 of Good Questions, Good Answers it says, The Buddha taught us to try to understand our fears, to lessen our desires and to calmly and courageously accept the things we cannot change. Is ...
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Attachment to other people and beings?

How does one live a life with multiple relationships (family, girlfriends, friends, pets, etc) while not being attached to them(being aware it will end eventually and therefore do not dwell in Dukkha ...
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Dealing with intense negative emotions

What would you recommend as a short-term fix for someone in serious psychological/emotional pain? If meditation, what kind? I feel pretty angry/powerless/frustrated right now, or "unenlightened". I ...
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Is buddha nature active?

Is Buddha nature active or passive? Would anyone say that enlightenment means we can suffer (frustration) in an active way?
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Understanding Psychosomatic ailments

I am given to understand deep mental suffering can inflict physical ailments. (very understandable.) Specifically harbouring certain kinds of negative mental constructs, for extended periods of time, ...
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How does our inactions contribute to Karma?… For eg:How can you justify act of your cook killing an animal for your non buddhist guest?

I came to know His Holiness Dalai Lama serves his guests meat at his residency.... Is it dharma to ask your cook to kill an animal to serve your guest or further is it not your dharma to ask your cook ...
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Material wealth and dukkha

This article on money and happiness prompted my asking myself: Are the wealthy experiencing dukkha in a different way to the poor? If so, in what way? Are they experiencing it in a more / less ...
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Keeping in mind impermanence, suffering and non-self

If one doesn't know the notion of "impermanence, suffering and non-self", can one see it by one's self? I know that I don't need to "force" myself to see impermanence: but do I need to keep in mind "...
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The relation between the three types of dukkha

Dukkha is said to have three types. Can Vipariṇāma-dukkha be analysed in terms of Dukkha-dukkha alone? Is the experience of Saṃkhāra-dukkha nothing more than Vipariṇāma-dukkha?
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How should I view others sufferings I cannot affect?

Through Vipassan meditation one can learn how to guard ones mind against externalities and not be affected by emotions. I believe that trying to follow this meditation to view the world from an ...
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Compassion to friends: stepping in vs. letting them learn on their own

There is a story about how the Buddha will knock on your door if your house is on fire, but he will not kick it down because you have to answer the door yourself. This is analogous to the Four Noble ...

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