To free ourselves from suffering

We do not like to acknowledge that we need greater wisdom, but when we look around us, the tears we see bear witness to what we do not know.

If we could collect all the tears wept by all the people alive in the world today, how large a vessel would need to contain them?  

Our tears bear witness to our suffering.

We may believe that the more we suffer, the more we know, but what do we really learn from misery?

Do we learn enough to free ourselves from suffering?

Genuine suffering can touch our hearts honestly to show us our need for greater knowledge.

But in order to benefit from its instruction, we need to look beyond painful experience and transform the patterns that caused them.

Of what value is our present education – in the largest sense- if it does not teach us how to do this?

If it does not teach us to be free of suffering and pain?

Knowledge of Freedom

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