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Lions Roar : July 2016
OST OF US START TO PRACTICE Buddhism because we feel dissatisfied and disillusioned with life, in a general way or for some specific reason. Indeed, it is rare to meet someone who has turned to the dharma simply out of curiosity and not because of a real need to alleviate some discomfort or a painful situation. What else do we dharma practitioners have in common? The fact is that most of us have done everything we can to alleviate our unhappiness, but we have been unsuccessful at finding the happiness we thought possible. One reason is that we are often mistaken about the true cause of our unhappiness. For example, we may think that our unhappiness stems from having to face a barrage of unwanted situations, even though we are making every effort to have the kind of life we want. Most of us know that at some level we can’t control the people around us or the unfolding of events in our lives. But even when armed with this knowledge, we still experience a lot of pain and unhappiness. The Four Noble Truths of Emotions In Buddhism we call this the first noble truth: the truth of suffer- ing. I have met some Buddhists who want to avoid talking about the truth of suffering. They say it will discourage people from wanting to practice the dharma because it sounds depressing. They want to find some more uplifting way to describe the human experience. But let’s call a spade a spade. All of us are suffering every day in a mul- titude of ways—physically, mentally, and emotionally. And while we may feel happy about something in the moment, we never know how long it will last. Next year, next month, next week, tomorrow, or even five minutes from now, the very same situation might bring us sadness, anger, jealousy, or resentment. Our emotions change from moment to moment and bring with them a cascade of moods, feel- ings, and thought patterns—many of which increase our unhappiness and some of which are self-destructive. Our emotions can really be a lot to handle. Many of us recognize that our emotions are out of control—or in control of us. We long for close, intimate relationships with others, but our feelings are often so overpowering that we can’t find the way to open up to others and relate to their experience. Because we are so focused on how we feel, we may become self-protective and defensive, constantly worried that others will hurt or take advantage of us. These feelings of self-protection can be part of an ongoing emotional cycle, feeding even stron- ger emotional reactions that cause chaos in our minds and in our interpersonal relationships. In the Buddhist teachings, we call strong emotions like anger, attachment, jealousy, and arrogance “poisons.” They poison not just our own happiness but also our connections with loved ones, friends, coworkers, and our local community. Sound familiar? That’s because we are human beings, and the truth of suffering cannot be avoided. Born in Amdo, Tibet, ANYEN RINPOCHE is a master of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism and founder of Orgyen Khamdroling Dharma Center in Denver. His newest book is Living and Dying with Confidence, from Wisdom Publications (see review on page 81). The 4 Noble Truths of Emotional Suffering The Buddha laid out a four-step path to freedom from difficult emotions. The secret, says ANYEN RINPOCHE, is understanding why our emotions cause us so much suffering. Once we know that, the path to freedom becomes clear. PHOTOBYOSCARFERNÁNDEZ M LION’S ROAR | JULY 2016 60