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Suffering defined: to undergo or feel pain or distress


“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Nothing lasts. Nothing is real. It is all suffering, Threefold affliction! It is all beneath contempt. Know this. Give it up. Be still.” – Ashtavakra Gita 9:3

“Whether you are suffering in this life, or smiling
with opulence and power, your consciousness should
remain unchanged. If you can accomplish even-mindedness,
nothing can ever hurt you. The lives of all great masters
show that they have achieved this blessed state.”  Source: Paramahansa Yogananda, `Man’s Eternal Quest’

`I see that it is God Himself who has become the block, the executioner, and the victim for the sacrifice.’ Source: Sri Ramakrishna, the face of silence By Nikhilananda (Swami.)

“What is suffering? What is death? In reality, they do not have any existence. They appear within the framework of the manifestations produced by the mind wrapped up in an illusion. …In the emptiness of mind, there is no death. No one dies. There is no suffering and no fear. ” —Bokar Rinpoche

“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering”. – Ram Dass

We never receive any burden that is greater than our ability to carry. But He brings us just to the point where we think we can’t carry our load, because that is the way to strengthen our muscles.
If you want to increase your strength, it won’t help to exercise with tiddly-winks. But if you lift a five-or ten-pound rock, then your muscles are getting some exercise! So whenever a burden comes in your life, know that the Lord purposely has not given you a tiny pebble to carry, but something to strengthen your faith and determination.
Daya Mata, Self-Realization Fellowship

The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, “what is” is what we want.
–Byron Katie

“Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh


Together, there is a way out of suffering.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The End of Suffering
by Thich Nhat Hanh

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos
Even in the darkest spots
Living beings are able to hear it clearly
So that all suffering in them cease
Understanding comes to their heart
And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
The universal dharma door is already open
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
The miracle happens
A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower
One single drop of this compassionate water
Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.
Listening to the bell
I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind calm
My body relax
A smile is born on my lips
Following the sound of the bell
My breathe brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness
In the garden of my heart
The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.


The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
~Thomas Merton
The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.
~Helen Keller

Pain is never permanent.
~Teresa of Avila

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer
~Albert Camus

Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
~ George Eliot

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
~Charles Dickens

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