There is nothing unique about our suffering. (Tonglen, a compassion practice)

“Breathe it all in, love it all out”

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Below is a status update from Beyond Meds Facebook page. I ended up realizing it’s a good way to consider tonglen and then the rest of this post was created.

Ultimately our suffering is important in that it reveals the suffering of others. There is nothing unique about our suffering.

tonglenIn coming to realize the truth of the above statement the sting of much of my own “personal” suffering has diminished. Part of how I continue to cultivate this capacity is through meditation. Tonglen meditation is particularly good for this.

Tonglen is a method that allows for the development of compassion. Compassion is necessary both for the relief of our own suffering and so that we might serve others towards the end of their suffering too. Compassion, by (Buddhist) definition, is the capacity and more importantly, the willingness to experience both our own suffering and the suffering of others…

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