What is the difference between pain versus suffering?

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What is the difference between pain versus suffering?

Post by eputkonen » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:05 pm

I have tried to answer the question thus...

Pain is what the body experiences...suffering is the mentally created agony beyond actual pain (if any pain). Have you ever heard the phrase, "don't look or it will hurt more?" That hurting more is suffering...the hurting before you look is pain.

With Awakening, suffering vanishes because we are no longer mentally creating agony for ourselves. Pain, on the other hand, still exists because we have a body with nerves that experiences pain.

What do you think? How have you answered this question?

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Re: What is the difference between pain versus suffering?

Post by DavidB » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:53 pm

I'd answer it in a very similar way.

Pain is an actual symptom of injury, either physical or emotional.

Suffering is a perceived symptom of injury, a personalization or obsession.
“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, Love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves.” ― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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