Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 03/18/2018

The Fortune of Suffering

Listened to a Dhamma talk by Ajahn Achalo this afternoon while folding clothes and the subject was why some devas envy humans. In short, the human realm delivers the perfect mix of pleasure and suffering to allow wisdom and insight to ripen in a way that is very difficult in the higher realms. In fact, it is said that until the very end of their lives, devata don’t know bodily suffering and separation from the dear. As such, there’s little opportunity to develop insight into dukkha. Let us, then, be thankful for our sufferings and not waste them. May we stand under, bear with and gain insight into suffering.

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