The Buddha taught that samsara-the way we ordinarily live-follows the laws of cause and effect, and that until we understand those laws, we have no possibility for making a radical break with the patterns of suffering we have constructed.

Buddhism teaches that those patterns can be identified and understood, and that such knowledge makes it possible to diagnose the root cause of our suffering and apply the antidote, just as a doctor would apply the proper medicine to cure a disease.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mind over Matter

 

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