A loss, reversal, rejection or sudden diminishment—these experiences are mini-deaths, practice runs.
When we are blind to our primary fault, we do the right thing for the wrong reason. This corrupts everything. A root sin is tricky; it’s dressed up to look like a virtue.
All of our suffering is self-created. This means that we use the mind to create difficulties where difficulties do not exist. Then we use the mind to try and alleviate the difficulties that the mind itself has created. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is clearly nuts. No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created the problem.
We come to the end of suffering when we realize that it is self-created. In light of that, something happens. We just drop it.
We get there on our own time, in our own way, to the place where we are fed up with being fed up.
More suffering is created by people who take offence than by people who give offence. We can drop this, if we choose, our habit of being offended. It is right action’s chief impediment.