The New Kadampa Tradition is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist meditation centers that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The Tricycle Book Club is discussing Lin Jensen's Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.
From Deep Down Things:
" What the Buddha intends in his statement of the first noble truth is not that suffering is something gone wrong with the world, a problem to be fixed, but that suffering is rather a universal circumstance of planetary life. For me this was good news, confirmation of my own observation and experience of the life around me. I reasoned that, if some degree of suffering was inevitable, then my suffering was not necessarily a problem. I could accept things as they were and thereby quit arguing with circumstance and fall into harmony with life around me. I saw my own conditions reflected in the passing of the seasons, the sprouting of spring grasses, the blossoming of summer flowers, the fall of autumn leaves, the dark rest of winter. Things all about me came and went—birth, growth, maturation, procreation, aging, and death. The natural rhythms of the world matched my own passage through life. When I was able to recognize these conditions as a universal harmony of earthly existence, I was left without regret or grasping of the sort I’d once felt and was more content to be as I was among all the other nameless beings with which I share the earth. “Suffering exists,” the Buddha said, and I knew from those reassuring words that I needn’t resist."
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