“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha
We’ve often spent ample amounts of time thinking about how life is unfair or how we just can’t catch a break. You desperately try to make amends, overthinking every aspect of it and trying to fix the situation. You feel like a total failure because you can’t seem to get any positive results.
Thus when life seems unfair we seek peace in other things. Books, movies, music..you seem to have it all cramped up in your living room just looking for the truth or a piece of advice that will set you free. The expectation that life can be better if only we learned the truth about the situation grows stronger with each passing day.
So we overwhelm ourselves with finding how we can be better at life. Buddhists believe that suffering exists; there is a cause of suffering; it has an end and it has a cause to bring about its end. In Buddhism, Suffering is not conveyed in a negative manner but is seen as practicality of life. So here are 3 Buddhist truths to bring your greater peace and which will set you free.
Buddhist Truth 1: Dukkha (“Suffering, Sadness, or Disappointment”)
The Buddhist doctrine dictates that “life is a suffering”. However, it is often perceived as a negative statement. The right way to explain this doctrine is that “life may present hurdles but it’s okay”. The Buddhist explanation of why humans constantly experience difficult situations and suffering is because we refuse to understand the spiritual aspect of the event or situation. We often experience a repetition of the same events that involve feelings of loss, sadness, fatigue, boredom, and anxiety. The desire to overcome these feelings enables us to take medication or pursue unhealthy habits to eradicate the “Dukkha or suffering”.
We go to such great lengths to suppress our sufferings and sadness without realizing that suffering is also a part of growth. The greatest Buddhist trust to bring you greater peace is the acceptance of “Dukkha”.
So the question is, how can we inculcate the Buddhist philosophy in our daily life?
- Acceptance of what, where, and who you are will only bring you lesser disappointments
- Wanting more to live a fulfilling life only brings more suffering. The thought that “you don’t have enough” will only make you sad. So, avoid the thought of wanting more. Instead, be grateful for what life has already given you.
- Striving for a perfect life will only bring disappointments. It will allow you to be less affected by daily stress.
- Remember that our suffering also comes with life lessons necessary to grow as an individual.
Buddhist Truth 2: Anitya (“Life is in constant movement”)
The only constant in life is “change”. Life is always moving in a constant movement. The Buddhist teaching suggests that we can never go back to the day that is already gone. They also believe that the future is an illusion and it is only a reflection of the things we do in the present moment.
We change a little every day, biologically. Our nails and hair grow a little, our skin cells regenerate, we shed skin cells. There are so many changes that go on in our bodies daily. In the same way our conscience and thought also change every day whether we notice it or not.
We fail to realize that nothing in this life lasts forever. The moment we accept that things change every day, the lesser the disappointments will be. For instance, if you accept the fact that the situation you are currently in changes every day, then it ultimately means that you will reach your goals no matter what. You may not see the changes that are happening but it continues to happen all the same. So what if you accepted “Anitya or that life is in constant movement”? Does it liberate you from your suffering or does it hold you back?