English to Spanish
English to French

What would a Buddhist say if he were suffering?

Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2011-09-13 17:48:45

The Buddha said that we all experience suffering. He said that all people and animals experience suffering, and that it is impossible to avoid suffering.

Actually, he said that suffering is the nature of life.

By this he meant that it is impossible to get through life without experiencing emotional and physical pain, and that in the end, we all grow old and die.

This sounds very negative, but it shouldn't be seen that way. The Buddha was just commenting on the nature of reality and the whole basis of Buddhism is to enable people to relieve this suffering, by teaching people meditation. Meditation allows people to learn to relieve their own suffering.

Relieving suffering for all beings is the basis of Buddhism and the Buddha's teachings.

The Buddha said that the human condition is one of suffering and the most 'noble cause' is to relieve suffering by training our minds through meditation.

When we have completely relieved our own suffering we reach a state called 'enlightenment' or 'nirvana'.

Meditation isn't suitable for everybody to solve everyday problems because it takes a long time to become an experienced meditator. It is a journey of learning that can take many years or even a life time. But even a beginner can start to learn about themselves as soon as they start practising.

In terms of what is a practical way to relieve everyday suffering, it depends on what suffering you are talking about.

Obviously, if you've broken a leg then you would go to a hospital and get it fixed.

If you are ill then you should go to see a doctor.

If you are experiencing emotion upset, then you should find the most appropriate person to help you through the turmoil, whether it be a family member, friend, therapist, support group, the samaritans or a holy man etc. etc. etc. There is a lot of help out there, and you should seek help. No one can get through life on their own and we all need help at times.

If you are experiencing depression or a similar emotional 'suffering', then you should seek help from a doctor or qualified therapist. There are organisations and help groups who could help you find the most appropriate help and information.

If you have lost somebody close to you and are suffering from grief, then there are people who can help you understand your loss, and to help you come to terms with it. For example, you could see a grief counsellor who understands how much the loss of a loved one can hurt. There are also groups and organisations who help help you deal with your loss.

In terms of a practical Buddhist approach to relieving suffering, many people find that meditation is an enjoyable, rewarding and helpful thing to do.

You could start by practising some 'mindfulness' meditation, which involves just being in the present moment by being aware of yourself and your surroundings right now, seeing what is going on around you now. This helps you let go of things that hurt you emotionally. It helps you let go of the past, and to learn to appreciate where you are right now.

The Buddha said that suffering is caused by attachment and grasping. This means that we are attached to old and familiar emotions and memories, which make it hard to move forwards in life. It means that we stay with old familiar emotions that make us fearful and hurt us or hold us back. Buddhist meditation is about to learning to let go of the things that we don't want to let go of.. our old selves and the emotions that keep us suffering and stop us from developing to our true potential. 'Letting go' allows us to move forwards and experience life in the present moment, to the full. It's a long journey to understand ourselves fully, but it's one worth doing.

Mindfulness meditation involves releasing, letting go and just being in the moment, and forgetting about everything else. In Buddhism, this is called 'mindfulness'. It takes some practise and perseverance, but it can be very effective and exhilarating. You can read more about this by searching for 'mindfulness' on the internet.. there's loads to read about it. You can practise mindfulness in everyday life.. you don't have to sit and meditate, but you could also start to practise meditation which can help to calm your mind and nurture positive emotions.

Mindfulness treaches you to let go and accept everything as it is without judging it, experiencing the present moment.

It might seem a bit hard to understand why we should accept everything as it is. It doesn't mean that we are saying that something is right or wrong. We are just acknowledging that is the way it is. In life we are always wanting to change things. But while practising meditation we learn to see things as they are, without putting our own judgments of right and wrong on them, because this allows us to learn to be at peace with ourselves and the world. It is a very powerful thing to learn.

The following is quoted from:

The teachings of the Buddha revolves around this central tenant known as the "Four Noble Truths". The Four Noble Truths form the central foundation of Buddhism.

The First Noble Truth states that "Life is Dukka". "Dukka" is very often translated as "sufferings", but I feel it's a very inadequate translation. A much better translation is "Unsatisfactoriness". Basically, the First Noble Truth states that life is unsatisfactory and imperfect. How so? All of us are subject to pain and sufferings. All of us cannot avoid disease, old age and death. We are subject to impermanence and uncertainty. Very often, we have to associate with things that are unpleasant and disassociate with things that are pleasant. All these are unsatisfactory.

AnswerDo you mean, maybe a mantra to alleviate suffering? If so one is Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha (pronounced aum tah reh too tah reh too reh so ha) It is Green Tara's Mantra. To learn more about her, see:
User Avatar

Your Answer


Still have questions?

Related Questions

What is a Buddhist explanation of suffering?

Suffering is caused by ignorance, essentially all suffering is the result of what we think, say or do.

If a buddhist experienced suffering what will he say to explain it?

He will most likely say, "Suffering is a part of life, and I will need to throw away all my desires so I can reach nirvana [a state of peace with no suffering]."

What does a Buddhist do if he or she has experienced suffering?

Everyone experiences suffering, it is the normal status for all life. To a Buddhist the awareness of suffering is the start of the quest to end suffering. Do not confuse suffering with physical pain - a Buddhist suffering because he wants to own more, is angry, or lustful can attempt to stop it by following the Eightfold Path. A Buddhist suffering because he has fallen off a ladder or burned his hand will seek to end it by visiting a hospital for medical attention.

What is the ultimate goal of a Buddhist?

The answer is not as simple as you might think! In particular there are many different schools of Buddhism, some of which may have slightly different goals or interpret the same goal slightly differently. We could say that the Buddhist path ultimately leads to an end to suffering. But some Buddhist think of an end to their own suffering, some to an end to all suffering, some only the end to the suffering of others.

If a Buddhist experienced suffering they might explain it by saying...?

They would try to explain it like they don't care like saying life is a suffering the root of suffering isa desire thereis a end to suffering

What would a Buddhist agree with?

There are many things that a Buddhist would agree with - things fall down, the sun comes up in the east. With regard to life and lifestyle he would state that as he is still suffering the human experiences related to desire, he has not yet attained enlightenment.

How do Buddhist describe nirvana?

Free from suffering

What is the Buddhist term for enlightenment and liberation from suffering?


What was the Buddhist term for the end of suffering?

Enlightenment or Nirvana.

What do Buddhist believe causes suffering?

Buddhist believe that suffering is caused by a personâ??s craving, wants, or desires. One suffers because they want something that is impossible for them to have.

What is Buddhist belief?

Buddhist beliefs are summed in the Four Noble Truths. All the rest is commentary:All life is suffering or unsatisfactorinessThis suffering is caused by desireThe desire and hence the suffering can be endedThe path to this relief is he Eightfold Path

What is the Buddhist way to end suffering?

the nobel eightfold path

What term describes the buddhist belief in an escape from suffering?


What is the most important fact of being a Buddhist?

Buddhist teachings allow you to escape from suffering and the cycle of death and rebirth.

How can a Buddhist end suffering?

By attaining to Nirvana. The end of all sufferings.

What two tenants do Buddhist follow?

There are 3 beginning tenants 1. there is suffering 2. suffering comes from desire 3. if you cut your desire you will cut your suffering

What are the four truths of Buddha?

The four noble truths are central to all Buddhists and might be regarded as the most important values in Buddhism. Many Buddhist would not think of them as beliefs, as they can largely be proven through our own experience. They are: The truth of suffering, why we suffer. The truth of how the suffering begins. The truth of how the suffering can end. The truth of how we can end suffering.

What is the cause of suffering in Buddhist thought?

The Buddha explained that all suffering is caused by attachment and aversion, ultimately created by ignorance.

Is it possible to follow the 4 noble truths?

You don't follow the Four Noble Truths, these concepts that are to be believed, if you are a Buddhist or not. They simply say: 1) The world is filled with suffering and dis-satisfaction. 2) there is a cause for suffering and dis-satisfaction. 3) There is a state you can attained where suffering and dis-satisfaction ends (enlightenment, Nirvana). 4) There is a path to get to this state. If you are a Buddhist you will try to follow the Eightfold Path to reach enlightenment so that you can end your own suffering.

How do Buddhists respond to suffering?

Dukkha, or suffering to the Buddhist is extinguished by eliminating desire. It is an axiom of Buddhism that all suffering is caused by desire, hence to eliminate suffering, you only need to eliminate desire.

Why do both Hindus and Buddhists believe in nonviolence?

A balanced answer needs a response from a Hindu and a Buddhist. But I'll offer something from the Buddhist perspective. Essentially violence leads to the creation of more suffering both for the victims and aggressors and others associated with the act. It could be true to say that this is a belief but it seems to be true when I look at my own life experience. So my strict answer would be I believe in nonviolence because it leads to a decrease in suffering.

The Four Noble Truths in Buddhism state that human life is suffering and that the cause of that suffering is desire. What is the Buddhist way to end suffering?

Follow the Eightfold Path.

What would a Buddhist do if they found some money on the floor?

They would leave it there for someone more greedy to take it. Buddhists don't believe in greediness. To them life is suffering and pain.

What is the answer for Buddhist belief that suffering is caused by desire for material?

The only appropriate answer to that is "Thank you!".

How do you say suffering in Latin?