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| Tales of Suffering
On Suffering gives the Buddhist story of a woman who has just lost her son and seeks help from the Buddha. He asks her to visit homes in nearby villages and return with a grain of rice for each home in which no tears were shed.
After a week, she returns empty-handed.
This exercise may not reduce pain, but may develop empathy and compassion.
We too can practise this story as a spiritual discipline.
Do this by dedicating some of your time, some of your life to listening to the many tales of suffering that exist.
This should open your heart.
For many people, it will bring gratitude that your life is as it is.
We count our blessings.
"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die, so, let us all be thankful." (Buddhist quote)
If we can, we go help those less fortunate.
Or we can at least pray for others and emanate loving thoughts.
"Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it." (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
Here are some stories of suffering that deeply impacted me:-