It s sometimes described metaphorically as a wheel that is off its axle. As is often the case this piece of ancient text loses a lot in translation.
Buddha quotes on living fully 1.
Buddha quotes life is suffering. This is a saying from the pali canon upadhi dukkhassa mūlanti which means attachment is the root of suffering. Don t run away from things that are unpleasant in order to embrace things that are pleasant. The buddha never said that life is suffering just that there is suffering in life.
If you become attached by any form you should reject it. This one life has no form and is empty by nature. The pali word dukkha usually translated as suffering has a more subtle range of meanings.
Put your hands in the earth. Face the difficulties and grow new happiness. The buddha from the sutta nipata the root of suffering is attachment.
Both formerly and now it is only suffering that i describe and the cessation of suffering. Pain is what the world does to you suffering is what you do to yourself by the way you think about the pain you receive. For example people want to argue with the first of the four noble truths often translated as life is suffering that sounds so negative.
Pain is inevitable suffering is optional. The buddha faced his own suffering directly and discovered the path of liberation. His teaching is about accepting inevitable suffering the vinegar with grace and with a peaceful mind while allowing joy to arise naturally when conditions allow.
Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not. Another clings to death although there is nothing to. The buddha s first noble truth is most often but inaccurately rendered in english as life is suffering.
Remember the buddha didn t speak english so he didn t use the english word suffering what he said according to the earliest scriptures is that life is dukkha. Mindfulness puts an end to such a limited perspective. You can always be grateful that the pain is not worse in quality quantity frequency duration etc.
Life is suffering is often quoted as being the buddha s first noble truth. One clings to life although there is nothing to be called life.