Seventeen - ‘No Flex Zone’

Suffering as a Gift

‘As the early Buddhist teachings freely admit, the predicament is that the cycle of birth, aging, and death is meaningless. They don’t try to deny this fact and so don’t ask us to be dishonest with ourselves or to close our eyes to reality. As one teacher has put it, the Buddhist recognition of the reality of suffering is honored as the first noble truth - is a gift, in that it confirms our most sensitive and direct experience of things, an experience that many other traditions try to deny.’

- Thanissaro Bhikku, Lost in Capitulation.