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What is the Buddhist view of suffering?

Suffering is a disturbance or irritation of the mindstream. It is an obscuration of the mind, or essence of a person, or, if you will, the soul. The opposite of suffering in Buddhist epistemology is not really happiness or even the cessation of suffering, but freedom from the polarizing concept that causes us to be attracted to some things and averse to others.      Suffering is thought to be the result of confused thinking. People think that to be happy, they need to grasp at those things that they think will bring them pleasure. We are very attached to this idea; that having what we want will bring us happiness. It is actually that grasping, that attachment that causes suffering

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