To Live Is to Suffer - a Hindu/Buddhist Perspective

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To Live is to Suffer. According to Molloy (Molloy 133), “birth is attended with pain, decay is painful, disease and death are painful.” I take this to mean that, since mankind has a physical body, we will experience suffering at many times during our Earthly lives. In this paper, I will present a basic discussion of the Hindu and Buddhist perspectives on living and suffering, interspersed with some of my own life experiences.

Hinduism and Suffering
Why is a soul born here on earth, and why does it suffer? In the Hindu belief system, every person is accountable for his or her actions (Sarma). Some people say that we create our own suffering. According to Jayaram, suffering arises out of our actions, inactions, reactions, thinking, conditioning, desires, attachment to earthly things, beliefs, attitudes and associations. Jayaram also says that suffering exists only in our minds. I tend to disagree with this last part of Jayaram’s argument. For instance, several years ago, I had a medical emergency that required immediate surgery to save my life. To the...
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