Each and every one of us share the combined experiences of pain and suffering. It is unavoidable. The pain comes from the simple fact that we are human and that our physiology and psychic makeup allow it to arise. While suffering is often associated with pain, it is a different matter. It will arise when our ego isn’t being stoked. It will arise when we experience loss. It will be experienced when our expectation are not met. Whenever anything happens to us that our ego isn’t ready for, or desirous of, we will suffer.
In Pain and Suffering, we explore the relationship between these two afflictions as we look deeply into how our ego drives us ever towards disappointment and regret. However, we don’t leave the reader with just an understanding of how we suffer and why we have pain. We take a serious look at how, with diligence and patience, we can apply a specific program to escape or at the very least, lessen our suffering.
Pain and Suffering in Buddhism isn’t just for Buddhists. It’s for anyone who has ever wondered, “Why is this happening to me?”