On Pain – Alan WATTS

“A student came to his master with a question, ‘it is terribly hot and how should we escape the heat?’ in other words, this was a symbolic question asking about the whole problem of the heat of suffering. and he answered, ‘go right down to the bottom of the furnace.’ ‘ but in the furnace,’ said the student, ‘how do we escape the scorching fire?’ and the master’s final word was, ‘no further pains will harass you.’ now you might say, then, that the attitude of the Buddhist philosophy to suffering is not at all one of turning away from it, of solving the problem of suffering by turning one’s back on it and escaping it. rather, it’s whole attitude is, that the solution to the problem of human pain, whether it be physical or whether it be moral, is to go right into it.”

Alan Watts

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