Saturday, May 19, 2007

Four Noble Truths - Suffering 3

The second type of suffering is also easy to recognize, 'gyur ba'i sdug bsngal, the suffering of change. 'gyur ba is change, from the root verb 'gyur, become, and the ba is used to make a verb to an attribute. 'gyur is a very, very common verb, good to learn, but if you know the term of this second kind of suffering, you know it now!

The genitive particle here is the 'i as part of ba'i, as the last syllable is a vowel, then the genitive is an 'i. Again, remember to find the genitive from right to the left. Those who learn letters, this is the same as the first letter in this term.

As for suffering of change, here are some contemporary examples: you buy a brand new car and get nervous about it when it starts to have scratches and tear. Or, a relationship that should always be the same, like always being in perfect love, something that is the naive assumption and then when the relationship changes over time, suffering happens.

This is also another nice way to get realizations of dependent co-emergence. There are few cases that do not change in Buddhism, fortunately stopping suffering is doable (more about that later). Other examples of non-changing things is deep realizations, such as experiencing emptiness directly, and full enlightenment. These are non-changing from the point of view that they don't reverse. However, an enlightened mind is constantly changing, of course.

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