PadmaVonSamba wrote:I think you expressed it perfectly.
This reminded me of a Chinese story about a mother who was always crying.
Someone asked her why this was.
She said that she had two daughters.
One daughter made noodles
and the other sold umbrellas.
On rainy days, the daughter who made noodles couldn't make them (couldn't hang them to dry)
and on those days she didn't make any money, and went hungry.
On sunny days, the daughter who sold umbrellas couldn't sell any
and on those days she went hungry.
So, the mother was always crying because one of her daughters was always hungry.
It isn't that samsara and nirvana are the same,
but they are two ways of experiencing the exact same conditions.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is another way of saying this.
dude wrote: even hell is enjoyable with the right frame of mind.
Both formerly & now, it is only dukkha that I describe, and the cessation of dukkha.
dimeo wrote:Can anyone guide me towards a better understanding of this? Any terminology / sutras / teachings would help.
I was trying to express how meditating helps me realize just how much conditions for happiness are relative.
For example, one person thinks that the weather is "really cold" and other thinks it's just a cool breeze. One person is miserable in the same conditions that another is blissfully happy.
I can't find much to express this well. Is it part of how the teachings say that samsara and nirvana are the same?
dimeo wrote: Isn't it naive to say "it's all in your head".
But Buddhist teaching doesn't say that you are simply imagining suffering, or that you are not really suffering, that it is just a figment of your imagination. That isn't what the Buddha said at all.
The Buddha said that all beings experience suffering (dukkha)
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