The First Noble Truth
This is one of the “tree signs of being”- that suffering hardship and unsatisfactoriness is the lot of humankind. It does not deny happiness or pleasure and life’s simple joys, but argues that they too come to an end and are therefore transient and passing.The Buddha likened pleasure to “licking honey from a knife” -sonner or later we will get hurt by it; it is not that there is anything wrong with pleasure, but the compulsive pursuit of it leads to unhappiness. Even if we are sat comfortably and all seems well, in no time at all we have to move and find a new position. To probe a little deeper, something inside human beings is restless and unsatisfied and craves now for “this” and now for “that”. Nothing seems to be enough. As Pascal said, all the troubles in the world arise because man is unable to sit quietly alone in a room.
TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA-THE WISDOM OF THE DHARMA, FROM THE PALI CANON TO THE SUTRAS