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Lions Roar : May 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 43 Why Knowing this Truth Is Noble BY TRALEG KYABGON RINPOCHE BUDDHISM TAKES DUKKHA—the Sanskrit word most often translated as suffering—very seriously. But the concept at the root of this word is complex. It does not simply mean suffering as we would normally under- stand the word. Human beings experience dukkha in many forms—certain types of dukkha have to do with plain and simple suffering, while other forms of dukkha would not really be experienced as suffering at all. They appear more to us in the form of the pleasure of apparent happiness. Some dukkha is avoidable and some is unavoidable, and we need to understand the difference. Many people have heard of Buddhism’s four noble truths—about suf- fering and the end of suffering—but one of the great misconceptions about these truths comes in the title itself. There is nothing that we could really call “noble” about the first two: the truth of suffering and the cause of suffering. The last two truths, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the path that leads to cessation, could be said to be noble. What is in fact noble, though, is the person who fully realizes the four truths altogether. The person who Suffering TRALEG KYABGON RINPOCHE, G LENN WALLIS, PHILLIP MOFFITT The Buddhist path begins with the recognition of suffering—not just the pointed suffering of sickness, aging, or death, but the vague feeling of anxiety and dissatisfaction that underlies every moment of our lives. Buddhism calls this dukkha, and the bad news is that it’s all-pervasive and universal. The good news is that this is where the genuine spiritual journey begins. MAY 42-49.indd 43 MAY 42-49.indd 43 3/6/08 11:29:12 AM 3/6/08 11:29:12 AM