Samsara is the arena in which we all operate; life is “dukkha”, said the Buddha.
“Dukkha” is normally translated as “suffering”. However, that’s not a very accurate portrayal. It’s more like “dissatisfaction” that lingers around our every move as we flow through life. What we think will give us pleasure, satisfaction, or security, eventually lets us down.
There is a way out of this cycle, though, and the Buddha laid down the 4 Noble Truths and the 8-fold Path for us to see how to get there. He found this information under the Bodhi Tree on the night of his enlightenment.
I am sure that this is not the only way to become liberated, and I am also sure that we all have the capacity and capability to find liberation on our own, without teachers, words, or gurus. But, if it works for you and you see results, why not go for it?
The path to liberation is hard. But Samsara is also hard.
So choosing the best way forward is up to us — whether we feel the pull in our soul to be satisfied… or to put up with the unending cycle of life and its subtle sways.
In our next episode, I will explain the 4 Noble Truths and the 8-fold Path.