Friday, 16 May 2014
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A lot of Buddhist teachers say that "The happiness of Samsara is only suffering."
I notice in life that tons of people are "satisfied" by the so-called happiness that this life offers.(especially when people do not know of gnostic teachings and other possibilities for change)

Does this website have a course about what suffering is? Why this life is only suffering?
I think when people look at the Four Noble Truths and they read that "Life is suffering" they can disagree because they can think of all of their happy moments.

I'm wondering, is there is a critical explanation of why "Samsaric happiness is only suffering?" Because, along with the inevitability of old age, death, uncertainty, Karma, etc...learning about suffering and why we should escape it is strong motivation to practice the teachings.

Another reason why I ask this is because I know that the 5 senses hypnotize us so strongly and when we are in pleasurable circumstances we think we're happy, and most people are satisfied by just fulfilling temporary desires. (this is only suffering? pleasure is suffering? how is pleasure/happiness suffering?)
Even when we feel we are in a good mood and relaxed or enjoying life this is only suffering too?
8 years ago
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#6671
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I am not recalling, at the moment, any lecture that speaks on this topic exclusively, but the subject has been addressed in so many ways, and in so many different places, it is difficult to select just one lecture to offer you. I will offer you a few in the reference section below, but there are many others.

This site has many resources on Buddhism you can explore, and the subject often comes up, in one way or another.
8 years ago
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#6671
Accepted Answer
I am not recalling, at the moment, any lecture that speaks on this topic exclusively, but the subject has been addressed in so many ways, and in so many different places, it is difficult to select just one lecture to offer you. I will offer you a few in the reference section below, but there are many others.

This site has many resources on Buddhism you can explore, and the subject often comes up, in one way or another.
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