But what is the truth?
Is it your beliefs or my beliefs, or some beliefs that I have yet to discover?
For me, it is none of the above.
If I were told hold a flame to my finger, my skin would burn and my nerves would send signals to my brain that interpret this as pain. That is truth.
When the Sun sets in the evening, it is not gone, but simply out of my view. This is also truth.
These same realities and truths apply to all existence. And by attaching perceptions, conditions and exceptions, one only creates dukkha. Yes, I think that all dukkha is the creation of our own minds, due to an absence of seeing the truth.
Now I am not an Academic, Scholar or Buddhist Monk, so you can take what I say with a grain of sand.
But if you examine the reality of truth without the taint of dogmas or perceptions, I think that anyone can see that this is the path to freedom and the destruction of suffering.
Just take for example the subject of our own death. I don’t know many people who feel comfortable speaking about this. But is there any escape from this reality? We are each going to die, this is the truth!
So why do we avoid the subject? What are we fearful of, and why do we avoid this?
Don’t you think that if you had no fear of dying, no sadness or regrets, that you would have less suffering? Or do you think that by not dealing with this reality that you some how do not have suffering because of it?
Of course you do. Every waking minute you have an awareness that time is not stagnant, you are impermanent, you are decaying. This is an inescapable truth.
Instead, we can embrace this and be joyous that we have this day and this breath. And embrace also that we have impermanence (anicca) and death! There is not one without the other, and this too is the truth.
I hope that I am explaining my thoughts here properly and with loving kindness. My intention is not to disturb or upset you, but to encourage you to see that the truth lies in the nature of all things.
And if we can see that our nature is not separate, then our dissatisfaction dissolves into equanimity (upekkha) and sympathetic joy (mudita).
Peace be with you. And may you be free of suffering, may you be well, happy and peaceful.