Life can be full of pain and sadness, but understanding the cause of these things can help you to cope better. The Four Noble Truths teach us about the causes of suffering, the way to end it, and how to get out of it. If you want to achieve enlightenment, follow the path of the Noble Eightfold Path. Suffering is a result of misunderstanding life, expecting things in life to be different than they are. When something difficult happens in life, we may feel lost, helpless, and unsuccessful. However, by understanding and experiencing life, we can learn to reality and accept it. The third noble truth is that we can be content and blissful in meditation and therein find the end of suffering. The path to the end of suffering is being a good person and understanding impermanence.
This dhamma talk was originally recorded on cassette tape on 3rd July 1998. It has now been remastered but the quality is still a bit scratchy. But the content is classic Ajahn Brahm and will be of interest to his many fans.
These talks by Ajahn Brahm have been recorded and made available for free distribution by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. You can support the Buddhist Society of Western Australia by pledging your support via their Patreon page.