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Buddha said life is suffering what do you think that means?

I like Taoism because it says life is good, almost like “you make what your life is…”
But the Buddha said, “Life IS suffering.”
I feel he means, if you don’t cause suffering on yourself, someone will cause suffering you, It’s not a perfect world, and many do it because they have been exposed to it themselves it’s like a cycle.
What do you think it means?


  1. ‘When Buddha says “life is suffering” he means “life is suffering”.
    Taoism did not say life is good. Laozi says the way is the way.

  2. It’s just an OPINION from a famous (and very dead) religious icon. And you know what they say about opinions. You can take it or leave it.
    Many religions thrive on the mantra that we must accept suffering on Earth as the path to a painless heaven or its equivalent. Sounds like a fair description of masochism to me.

  3. Did you know that migration is caused by animals being instinctively aware of the suffering they would have to endure if they stayed in the same terrain during the bleak seasons?
    Suffering is an important part of life, and it can be a motivator.
    Buddha didn’t always think life was suffering. He grew up wealthy, then became dissatisfied with what he had, and went into the local area that he was ostracized from by his rich father, and saw people suffering. He then questioned what he could do to stop that suffering, which sent him on a quest, that many know as the path of enlightment, or the eight-fold path.
    Life is suffering, it means, that life is growth, life is a challenge. I think Buddha meant it to be a door into the direction to understand the “Buddhist reality” of life and suffering.

  4. I think your idea is on the right track. The very nature of life is that we live and die. We live in these bodies that are breakable and that will eventually get sick and die. We, as a species, are creatures that constantly desire – for things from food/shelter to money and possessions. When we are sick we desire to be well, when we are dying, we desire to live etc. Our very nature means that the only way we can truly escape suffering is to escape desire itself – the goal of any serious Buddhist.
    Believing that “life is what you make it” is not so far from Buddhist practice – monks spend their lives training their minds to be rid of desire to eliminate suffering. For the average person though, it’s a pretty difficult thing to perfect as there are always outside forces impacting on our lives, not to mention the limitations of these mortal bodies.
    That’s what I think anyway. I think it’s a good question and something for us to ponder. 🙂

  5. buddha is a very honest person. he meant that prayers will never solve any of lifes conflict as it is endless through countless needs.

  6. You may be one of the fortunate, but for the struggling masses life is filled with sickness, disease, war, suffering, loss and starvation.
    Although those who are fortunate may not suffer in their youth, eventually they will become wrinkled and weak, and have to watch their parents and loved ones die and they hve no power to change that. Although Buddha was the son of a king he chose the aesetic life and in doing so he asserted that the way to avoid suffering is by discipling the mind to remain in a neutral mental state, unaffected by the ups which is always balanced by the downs of extreme heart ache.
    Wouldn’t you agree that having to go through life losing everything vand everyone you love plus losing your youth, beauty and health until you are wracked with physical and emotional pain might best be described as suffering?
    Even if we are forutnate enough to have found love or to have been loved it is a definite fact you will lose it . If your loved ones don’t betray or leave you, it is still a guarantee they will die and you will watch them suffer then live on without them, grieving their loss.
    Life is filled with challenges, we are often betrayed, stabbed, victimized, or unconsciously sabotauging our own lives. Of course some people seem to have charmed lives but even they get old. Their teeth rot and hurt eventually, if they live long enough their bones will crumble as they walk.
    You may not understand this yet since you are stil young and probably healthy and maybe even bhandsome or beautiful. Buddha was enlightened and knew how all cute chicks lose their fluff . l Oone day, if you live long enough,learn first hand how it feels to become an old hag. or a trembling old man in need of a cane or walker or even a wheel chair.

  7. Well first you have to understand what he really says. in Buddhism when you talk about life it is not just one life you are talking about. It is dying and rebirth all the time. He said if you cut all the grasses in India and collect them together and count each and every grass there, that a man would have died and born more than the number of grasses there. It is unbelievable to man.but he is Buddha. A Buddha can see past and future in real time. So he saw this, Now you wanna think, Do you enjoy going down the same shit we go down every day in one lifetime a billion times more?
    And that is where the concept of Nirvana comes in. Nirvana is not a place like heaven, as we all think like in Christianity. Nirvana means the END. The End of this life so that one doesn’t have to be born again ever. Bringing end to all the suffering that we had gone through a billion times.
    The Summery.
    When he says the life is suffering it is not a one lifetime that we experience. The things in Buddhism is big. Often can’t rationalize with human thinking.
    PS. Buddha also said:
    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

  8. In life we are all 100% guarenteed to suffer – we grow old, fall sick and ultimately die; then we are reborn to suffer over and over again.
    Buddha taught how to break the cycle of suffering- abandoning desire. If we abandon the concept of an existing self then there is nothing left to suffer.

  9. God is in the world using the world and its failures for His glory and the benefit of those who listen to Him.
    But then, what about those who seem to suffer innocently with no benefit resulting? What about the woman who is raped, or the innocent bystander who is killed by a stray bullet. In both cases, the victims and families suffer nothing but pain and loss. What good can this possibly be?
    I think that the answer is two-fold. One, ultimately, no one is innocent. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3). There is none innocent. Though this is biblically accurate, it does not satisfy the question emotionally. Why do little babies suffer for things they have not done? I must acknowledge that I do not know. Ultimately, we must trust God who knows the beginning from the end and sees the grand picture. He will have the final word and He will be vindicated.
    Suffering is the result of human sin. The world is not the way that God created it and because of that, all are vulnerable to the effects of sin in the world. Why does one person suffer and another does not? Why do catastrophes happen to some and not to others? It is because sin is in the world. But there will come a day when the Lord will return and cleanse this world of all sin and all suffering.
    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away,” (Rev. 21:4).

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  11. we know all the people in the world ask good life from god or some one or from science that means they haven’t good life. always life is suffering. thats why ask good life. but Buddha says
    we couldn’t find good life thats with out change. all of the life and world are doctrine of cause and effect. Buddha says stop this and end of suffering.


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