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    Buddhism and Suffering

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    So the Buddha said that all life is suffering. Does this mean we are miserable all the time? How does he explain our moments of joy? I'm not clear on that. If not—if we are sometimes happy—then how can he say that "all life is suffering?" Please help me understand this.

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    The teachings of Buddhism as regard suffering are at the same time simple and complex. Simply put, it is true to say that Buddhism regards all of life as an experience of suffering. Why is this?

    Buddhism teaches that the true existence of life is not physical. In fact, attachment is the root of all suffering. The attachment/desire/want we feel to things that change, things that must of necessity be temporary, is what causes this great disappointment and eventual emotional, mental, and/or physical pain. Let's try a real-world example. Let's imagine a ...

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    Buddhism's position on suffering is explained in some detail, with a contemporary example formed as a means of illustration. The expert determines if this means we are all miserable. The solution is 373 words.