I would like to ask your opinion about suffering. Is suffering real or illusion?
If I quote from [Samyutta Nikaya LVI, 11]
The First Noble Truth with its three aspects is: "There is suffering, dukkha. Dukkha should be understood. Dukkha has been understood."
My question is:
a) There is (REAL) suffering, (REAL) dukkha.
b) There is (ILLUTION) suffering, (ILLUTION) dukkha.
WHich one is correct according to you?
I would like to introduce you this famous Chinese lesson.
"An old Chinese farmer loses his best horse one day. His neighbors come over to express their regrets, to which the farmer replies, "Good or bad, ... how do I know?"
The next day the prized horse returns bringing with it 6 other wild horses. His neighbors come over to speak of what good fortune has fallen to him. The farmer responds, "Good or bad, ... how do I know?"
The following day the farmer's son begins training the wild horses, but is thrown off and breaks his leg. Again the neighbors come to bemoan what they feel is the farmer's bad luck. He answers, "Good or bad, ... how do I know?"
On the rising of the next sun, army officers come by looking for young recruits to take off to war, but because the son's leg is broken, they leave him with his father. The neighbors come over to exclaim how well everything has turned out, to which the old farmer says again, "Good or bad, ... how do I know?"
As from this story tell us, from any phenomena, we cannot say it is good or bad. We cannot tell it is suffering or happiness. At least this is what I have learned from that story.
When compare it with the first noble truth: There is suffering, dukkha.
But from that story, suffering can arise and cannot arise, so "there is suffering, dukkha" is not alwayt true. It depends on your mindset, attitude, attachment, etc.
If something can arise and cannot arise, do you say it as real or illusion?
When you see something as real, how does it help you to get rif of something you don't like it? Do you reject it like an enemy?
When you see something as illusion, how does it help you to get rif of something you don't like it? Do you accept it as what it is because since day 1 you know it is not a suffering, but your reaction?