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Offline Simoba

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Impermanence / Happiness
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:27:49 am »
Dear All,

Just joined this website today, looks like an excellent resource.

I have literally this week picked up my first book about Buddhism and the concept that immediately struck me was the idea of impermanence. This is so relevant to me at the moment, as have suffered 4 bereavements this year of family and friends and at one point was struggling very badly with grief. Whilst I fully understand the idea that nothing is "permanent" and people and things will not be around forever, how does one totally embrace impermanence and would this ultimately lead to the negation of grief?

With regards to happiness, if one is compassionate by nature, which I believe that I am, how can somebody ever experience true happiness when there is so much suffering, injustice, cruelty etc etc in the world? I find all this rather overwhelming and can never really find true peace knowing so that so many others (and animals) are suffering. Does Buddhism have any thoughts on this subject, as I would truly be most grateful to hear any views that may address this matter?

Thank you so much.

Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Re: Impermanence / Happiness
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2015, 12:11:39 pm »
Hi, Simoba.

Sorry about your recent losses and their associated bereavements.

Since you are starting on  your path, my suggestion would be to start with the idea of dependent origination:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.15.0.than.html

Then  Impermanence:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel186.html

...and then The Four Noble Truths:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/truths.html

With these fundementals, I would then study this:

The Triple Gem:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/triplegem.html
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-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Impermanence / Happiness
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2015, 07:20:41 am »
Hi Ron, thank you for your reply. I shall read the links over the weekend. Again, thank you.

 


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