The role of pain in Buddhism

The conquest of suffering

Authored by: Palden Gyal , Owen Flanagan

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138823181
eBook ISBN: 9781315742205
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315742205.ch24

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Abstract

Seeing our pain as it is, is a tremendous help. Ordinarily, we are so wrapped up in it that we don’t even see it. We are swimming in oceans of ice water of anxiety, and we don’t even see that we are suffering. That is the most fundamental stupidity. Buddhists have realized that we are suffering, that anxiety is taking place. Because of that, we also begin to realize the possibility of salvation or deliverance from that particular pain and anxiety.

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