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Hello,
I'm doing my final assignment for school Study of Religion and I was wondering what your thoughts and views of the idea of suffering being apart life?
How do you view the idea of life being suffering, is that how you see life or do you view suffering as a different aspect?

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Most important is what you're doing right now. Pay attention. At this moment, is there suffering?

If there's no suffering, then wonderful, no problem.

If there is suffering, then it's your job to help. For example, if you're hungry, eat. If you're tired, sleep. If someone else is hungry, give them food. If someone else is thirsty, give them drink. Very simple. Moment to moment, just pay attention, and respond with clarity and compassion.

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I'm a long-time practitioner in a Korean-style Zen school. I can answer questions regarding Zen, formal sitting meditation, self-inquiry, the practice of "koan" transmission, and offer the particular perspective of this school on the great life questions.

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18 years of formal practice with the Kwan Um School of Zen, currently with the Empty Gate Zen Center of Berkeley, currently a "Senior Dharma Teacher" at this center, I give periodic talks and informally answer questions of students interested in Zen practice and teaching style

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