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How would a Buddhist approach physical pain? - Dhamma Wheel

How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
ravkes
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How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby ravkes » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:23 pm

Is it possible to be free from suffering even through the worst of physical pain?
Like having your arms chopped off, starvation, thirst, disease, having someone torture you..
All sorts of incredibly painful sensations..you get the idea.
The only way I can see this being experienced is if an intuitive understanding of the illusory nature of reality is revealed..
Making pain just another unreality..

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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby clw_uk » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:31 pm

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby Individual » Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:11 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:09 am

It's possible, though I suspect most of us are a long way from being able to experience our arms being chopped off without suffering over it.

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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby Dan74 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:58 am

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ravkes
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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby ravkes » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:47 am

All great answers.
Even greater image..
Understanding intuitively that pain is just another physical sensation seems to be key here. Seeing right through to the reality of the pain without creating the story about it. Making it possible to be still even when being burned alive..
Thanks guys

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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby pegembara » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:31 am

And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.

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Re: How would a Buddhist approach physical pain?

Postby dude » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:40 am

Thank you, pegambara. If a practitioner such as Channa, who studied under the personal instruction of the Buddha, couldn't beat it, can we, who don't even live in his time hope to do better?

Anyone who wants to take the method Shariputra recommended to Channa and see pain as "not me, not myself" is welcome to do that. This Buddhist doesn't like pain. If I have a headache, I'll take an aspirin and be done with it.


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