A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on suffering, ego, transcending, purpose, consciousness, life, and children

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could spare them from all suffering?  No, it wouldn't.  They would not evolve as human beings and would remain shallow, identified with the external form of things.  Suffering drives you deeper.  The paradox is that suffering is caused by identification with form and erodes identification with form.  A lot of it is caused by the ego, although eventually suffering destroys the ego--but not until you suffer consciously.

Humanity is destined to go beyond suffering, but not in the way the ego thinks.  One of the ego's many erroneous assumptions, one of its many deluded thoughts is "I should not have to suffer."  Sometimes the thought gets transferred to someone close to you:  "My child should not have to suffer."  That thought itself lies at the root of suffering.  Suffeirng has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego.  The man on the cross is an archetypal image.  He is every man and every woman.  As long as you resist suffering, it is a slow process because the resistance creates more ego to burn up.  When you accept suffering, however, there is an acceleration of that process which is brought about by the fct that you suffer consciously.  You can accept suffering for yourself, or you can accept it for someone else, such as your child or parent.  In the midst of conscious suffering there is already the transmutation.  The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Pages: 104-105

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A Quote by John Makransky on love, wisdom, buddhism, dzogchen, meditation, compassion, and suffering

Through these meditations, we discover that our suffering is not just a personal problem. It need not isolate us from others into narrow confines of personal pain. We can rediscover the meaning of our own suffering as a profound connection to countless others and to the dignity and sacredness of all our lives.... Such compassion doesn't just share the sorrow of beings in their suffering. It is also a resolute will and liberating energy which communes with others at the level of their deepest freedom. And it is joy at participating in their freedom now.

John Makransky

Source: Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness, Pages: 174, 176

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A Quote by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold on buddhism, suffering, and awareness

Buddha nature is not something that we possess, nor is it something we can be. It is the nature of things, just as they are. To realize our buddha nature, to live in accord with this awakening, is the truth that alleviates suffering in the world.

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 (Best Buddhist Writing), Pages: 88

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A Quote by Bill Gates on media, death, and suffering

The media covers what’s new – and millions of people dying is nothing new. So it stays in the background, where it’s easier to ignore. But even when we do see it or read about it, it’s difficult to keep our eyes on the problem. It’s hard to look at suffering if the situation is so complex that we don’t know how to help. And so we look away.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech:

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A Quote by Ramana Maharshi on gods creation, mystery, suffering, mind, and illusuion of suffering

There is nothing wrong with God's creation. Mystery and Suffering only exist in the mind...

Ramana Maharshi

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A Quote by Yoda on star wars, fear, anger, hatred, suffering, and the force

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.


Source: Star Wars

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A Quote by Michael Carroll on buddhism, suffering, work, and learning

The daily grind, the successes and failures, the hard work and stress, all gradually unfold as a profound teaching. And central to that teaching was the realization that the spiritual path is nothing other than living our very life, fully and confidently, in the immediate moment - and that nothing can be excluded, especially not our jobs.

Michael Carroll

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 (Best Buddhist Writing), Pages: 148

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on buddhism, perception, and suffering

It isn't the things that are happening to us that cause us to suffer, it's what we say to ourselves about the things that are happening.

Pema Chodron

Source: Talking to Ourselves

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on truth, love, energy, suffering, and free

All men and all women are connected by an energy which many people call love, but which is, in fact, the raw material from which the universe was built. This energy can't be manipulated, it leads us gently forwards, it contains all we have to learn in this life. It we try to make it go in the direction we want, we end up desperate, frustrated, disillusioned, because that energy is free and wild.

We could spend the rest of our life saying that we love such a person or thing, when the truth is that we are merely suffering because, instead of accepting love's strength, we  are trying to diminish it so that it fits the world in which we imagine we live.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession

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A Quote by S.N. Goenka on suffering, sensation, moment, craving, aversion, reaction, mind, meditation, habit, and practice

A sensation appears, and liking or disliking begins. This fleeting moment, if we are unaware of it, is repeated and intensified into craving and aversion, becoming a strong emotion that eventually overpowers the conscious mind. We become caught up in the emotion, and all our better judgment is swept aside. The result is that we find ourselves engaged in unwholesome speech and action, harming ourselves and others. We create misery for ourselves, suffering now and in the future, because of one moment of blind reaction.

But if we are aware at the point where the process of reaction begins–that is, if we are aware of the sensation–we can choose not to allow any reaction to occur or to intensify… in those moments the mind is free. Perhaps at first these may be only a few moments in a meditation period, and the rest of the time the mind remains submerged in the old habit of reaction to sensations, the old round of craving, aversion, and misery. But with repeated practice those few brief moments will become seconds, will become minutes, until finally the old habit of reaction is broken, and the mind remains continuously at peace. This is how suffering can be stopped.

S.N. Goenka

Source: The Art of Living

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