The United States only represents the living beings and non-living beings, not the truth of ever new impermanent nature. That is why the United States is not complete. People here are also not representing the truth. We all need a place and the complete wisdom. This is why I chose the name Thabarwa Nature Center, to fulfill the needs of the people, living beings and non-living beings.
I was welcomed by the people here, which is why I could visit and buy the land here. I got the support of the people because I support the people. If I don't support the people, they will not support me. This place was created by the help of people, so I need to use this place for the people, for all in need. This is the right and most suitable way to use it. If you understand, you just need to do like this, and the more you do the more you will understand it. Simple but deep. Not like this, not like that, no limits. My teaching represents limitlessness. The words I use have limits but the meaning behind is limitless. You need to find out beyond the words or language."
What does Doing-Only mean? (People misunderstand it as non-caring.)
How does Buddhism define suffering?
The truth is that all living beings are suffering, suffering for their life, suffering love, suffering drinks, suffering food, medicine, freedom, power, earth, music, sport, joy, smile, suffering the smile. In fact they cannot understand their own suffering. Suffering is the action so the truth is suffering. The life is suffering from living beings and non-living beings, suffering something or someone. This is the truth. Without suffering there will be no life. If there is life, there will be suffering. Suffering good, suffering bad. For some people life is anger. For some people life is greed. For some people life is ignorance. They are suffering ignorance, greed and anger. If we cannot understand our own suffering we can never be free from suffering, so the truth is suffering. Because of attachment on suffering we cannot be free from suffering.
For me, I am used to dealing with warm weather, so whenever it is too cold, I have to suffer it. I sleep with dislike. I don't want to suffer cold. I want to keep myself warm when I sleep. That is also suffering. But I didn't know my suffering. Only when I meditated I knew life is suffering. Hot and cold are not much important if we understand the truth of suffering. We need to detach from suffering. We need to know our own action of suffering at the present moment. And then we need to detach. If we can detach our life will be real freedom. Freedom from suffering. If we don't know about suffering we cannot be free from suffering. Time will change, place and situation will change, but suffering will not change. If you are not suffering happiness or joy you will be suffering sadness or sorrow. This is sure."
Sayadaw, I think westerners can't understand what it means to suffer happiness.
"Suffer means.... They like food, smoking, drinking, all this is that they want to suffer the taste of food, the taste of happiness. We want to see and taste the adventure movie because we want to taste the adventure. We want to see the movie of ghosts or unseen creatures because we want to suffer. We want to suffer fear."
Doesn't it mean just feeling then?
"Both good and bad should be mindful of and detached. Both suffering and feelings need to be detached. Because of attachment, feeling is not good. Suffering is also not good. Like for example we want to be good, to be healthy, to be skillful. This is also attachment on good things and actions. Because of attachment we cannot understand the real good thing, which is permanent nature. We think good people, good, rich, clever, long life, or health as the truth. People in the society think that to have work, fame, health, all these are true, that good food, good people are true, but this is wrong. These are just created truth, not real, but people think these are real. They think sickness, poorness, stupid are bad. If we think life is good we may also think that no life is bad. If we think earning or having is good, then we think having nothing is bad. Because we misunderstand that life is good, we think sickness is bad. This is why we misunderstand health or good health is good. This is suffering, suffering something as good and suffering something as bad, suffering that someone is good and the other opposite someone is bad. All these are sufferings. Attachment is suffering. It will take time to understand. Only when you are mindful while you are happy you may understand that it is because of attachment for suffering good things as real. We can use good things but we should not attach on these things. The real good things are mindfulness and detachment. Because people are not mindful while doing what is good or speaking what is bad."