Transforming Suffering

Buddhism helps us understand the universal law of cause and effect—of action and result—the process of how suffering comes to be and how to obtain release from it. The Buddha said, “I teach only suffering and the transformation of suffering.” Suffering is a key word in Buddhism. In my book, when we talk about suffering we mean the self-harming behaviors we engage in and our dissatisfaction with ourselves for engaging in them. We mean behaving in ways that are not in our own best interest. We mean not improving our lives no matter how much we want or need to. Overeating, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and eating foods that harm us may not cause us to suffer now but they are certain to damage us in the future.