Sunday, September 24, 2006

Four Immeasurables, Compassion Part 4

This is the whole second immeasurable: may all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

The sufferings could be classified into three kinds, sdug bsngal gsum:

sdug sgnal gi sgud bsngal, the suffering of suffering. This is ordinary suffering, headaches, cold, sore throat and so on.

'gyur ba'i sdug bsngal, the suffering of change. This is based on wrong world views where the assertion is that nothing will change, a new car will always be new, the new job will always be rosy, and so on.

'du byed kyi sdug bsngal, the all-persistent suffering. This is stuck in samsara, where all the sufferings are present.

So the second immeasurable is to wish and act that all sentient beings are free from these sufferings.

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