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The First Noble Truth said that Life means Suffering. Sad but so true. But the Buddhists teach us that the Second Noble Truth that suffering comes from a particular factor.

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The First Noble Truth said that Life means Suffering. Sad but so true. But the Buddhists teach us that the Second Noble Truth that suffering comes from a particular factor.

The Second Noble Truth is that the origin of life’s suffering comes from attachment. The more you love something, or the more you desire something or the more you covet something, the further that things gets from you and the harder the loss of that thing weighs on you.

The truth is that everything and everyone that you love will one day no longer exist. That wonderful iPad that you bought for Christmas will one day stop working. That super fast sports car that you bought with your hard earned cash will one day falter and not start up anymore. That friend that you count on for everything practical in your life will one day go away and not be seen again. Your parents will die. Your beloved pet will pass on. Everything that you love will perish in the end and most probably you will witness them all in your lifetime.

Why does suffering exist then? Why does it hurt so bad to love and lose? It hurts so bad because you are attached to that person or thing. And like all attachments, life will change completely without that thing. It will no longer be the same.

We can say that attachment is the root of suffering. If you were not attached to something and then that thing was lost, you would not miss it really. You would just know that it is no longer there. It no longer exists.

It is certainly hard to be detached from the things we love. But in reality everything around us is illusion. It is not real. Just like in the movie ‘The Matrix’, all the things around us, including the people around us, are code on the walls of life, streaming forever in one continuous pulsing flow of data. We are all on a single journey like the Salmon forever swimming upstream. We are all in our own self, alone. We are part of the greater whole for certain, but we are alone in doing that. We each have our own journey and the things around us are there for us to witness, navigate and interact. The things around us are our code in life. They are our own personal wall of Matrix code. They are not us, nor do they really impact our journey for bad or good. They are just part of the journey.

So interact with your personal code. Interact and cherish the moment as it is right now. Experience the code flowing around you at this exact moment and appreciate and be thankful for it. But do not get attached. For one day, that code will be gone only to be replaced with different code. Our suffering comes from the fact that we don’t want to say goodbye to the code zipping by us. We want to hold on to it and own it. It is ours isn’t it? No, its not ours, its only attachment again.

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