We are entering the final week of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Tricycle Retreat on the Eight Worldly Concerns, which we might also call the eight anxieties or "hang-ups." This week, Jetsunma addresses the final two concerns, Pleasure and Pain. She opens this week's talk by explaining,
As animals, we are conditioned to seek comfort and pleasure and to avoid anything unpleasant and painful. There's nothing wrong with that, it's part of our animal nature. The problem comes when we think that happiness depends on pleasure and that if we experience pain we must be miserable. This is wrong.