Buddhism: Omnipresence of suffering

Suffering is omnipresent. When we speak about omnipresence, it means not that all people are continuously in a state of suffering, but that they are vulnerable to the latent suffering that can arise at any moment. They will remain vulnerable so long as they fail to dispel the mental toxins that cause unhappiness.

– Matthieu Ricard

Phenomenon: The busiest people in the world

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people in the world.

-Eric Hoffer, as quoted by Bob Buford

Phenomenon: Suffering and liberation

Suffering is unpleasant sensation which can be caused by physical pain and discomfort.
Suffering can also be caused by mental dissatisfaction, loss and disgust.

Physical suffering is inevitable.
But mental suffering is driven by craving and fear, which are themselves fuelled by ignorance and karma.

Ignorance can be dispelled by awakening our inherent wisdom.
And with wisdom, right thoughts and right actions can be performed, thus transforming karma.

When karma is transformed, our consciousness is liberated.
We are able to think and act with spontaneous ease and clarity.
We are enlightened.