2. Cause of Dissatisfaction and Suffering
The Second Noble Truth
refers to the arising, origin, and cause of our dissatisfaction and suffering. We desire, crave, and thirst for
happiness, security, and identity in this world of impermanence.
Influenced by our
misperception (ignorance/delusion), we want life to satisfy our every craving, need, and desire. We want from life
what it can never provide: constant happiness, pleasure, and security undisturbed by change or loss. When life
fails to satisfy our needs and desires, we experience fear, frustration, hurt, anger, pain, or suffering. Afflicted
by such thoughts and emotions, we tend to speak and act in negative ways which cause further suffering.
dissatisfaction and suffering do not come from outside of ourselves. We cause our own suffering when we fail to
realize that the impermanent nature of life is incapable of providing constant satisfaction for our craving, need,
and desire. The origin and cause of dissatisfaction and suffering is our misperception of reality
(ignorance/delusion), self-centered desire (greed), craving, grasping, attachment to things that do not last, and
our negative behavior.
Insight into the Second Noble Truth
: To overcome dissatisfaction and suffering, it is essential that we clearly identify the causes of this
experience; we deeply feel and fully understand these causes; finally, we choose to abandon, remove, and stop
creating the causes of our suffering.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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