Whether you like it or not, suffering is a part of this thing called life. Buddha voiced it best as one of his Four Noble Truths; To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. That said, is it possible to live in this world and acknowledge that although we can’t eradicate suffering, we can collectively learn to better deal with it?
P P Wangchuk pens this latest Hindustan Times post and discusses one possible solution to suffering is to use meditation to learn compassion. According to Wangchuk, suffering helps us as human beings to awaken.
One needs to cultivate a compassionate mind in order to help reduce others’ sufferings. We should, through meditation on compassion, be able to understand the pain and torture others have to go through. As the Karmapa said, even animals want to be happy and free from pain and suffering. Since they can’t talk our language, we have to be able to read their body language and stoop to their level to feel their pain. Here the importance of meditation of equanimity comes in.
Read more from Wangchuk on using meditation to cultivate compassion here.