Visiting Buddha: Thoughts on Suffering and The Four Noble Truths


Suffering drives you deeper. The paradox is that suffering is caused by identification with form and erodes identification with form. A lot of it is caused by the ego, although eventually suffering destroys the ego–but not until you suffer consciously…. Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego….

As long as you resist suffering, it is a slow process because the resistance creates more ego to burn up. When you accept suffering, however, there is an acceleration of that process which is brought about by the fact that you suffer consciously…. In the midst of conscious suffering there is already the transmutation. The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness.

~ Eckhart Tolle

2 thoughts on “Visiting Buddha: Thoughts on Suffering and The Four Noble Truths

  1. Love this Eckhart Tolle quote…. Hey, just read your “about me” column. Very interesting about your heritage. I studied a year of the Ojibwe language in college, regrettably have forgotten it all. But I have found a deep resonance with Native American spirituality. You’re in Michigan? I love the Porcupine mountains! Also did a vision quest in another wilderness area of the UP.

  2. I would love to understand more about what a vision quest involves but knowing that scenery like I do and how utterly spiritual it can be when one is in the midst of it, I can imagine its a fulfilling experience. It’s that same resonance you mention that has drawn me to explore more about that heritage and the values espoused. It’s so simple and grass roots… and wise. I feel most at home with the Native American philosophy. How amazing that you were afforded the opportunity to study their language at all! Most institutions around here fail to offer anything involving Native American culture and it was what I most wanted to study, so I’ve had to make an independent adventure of it. I can imagine it would be impossible to retain if not used; it is the same with me and French. 🙂

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