Men and women, children and old people, all suffer not just from occasional calamities such as war and plague, but also from anxiety, frustration and discontent, all of which seem to be an inseparable part of the human condition.
People pursue wealth and power, acquire knowledge and possessions, beget sons and daughters, and build houses and palaces.
Yet no matter what they achieve, they are never content. Those who live in poverty dream of riches. Those who have a million want two million. Even the rich and famous are rarely satisfied.
They too are haunted by ceaseless cares and worries, until sickness, old age and death put a bitter end to them.
Everything that one has accumulated vanishes like smoke. Life is a pointless rat race. But how to escape it?
Simple Answer: Suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social, injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one’s own mind.