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Life involves suffering
The spiritual path involves suffering
Does it therefore follow that
Life, itself, is automatically
A spiritual path?
Need we do nothing more
Than suffer to attain enlightenment?
The whole world itself appears
To be in its own agony
Why isn't the world then, enlightened?
Perhaps suffering is only the beginning
A wake-up call that something needs doing
That things need to change
Change starts with the individual
Changing the I-Me-Mine paradigm
Our own ignorance of our
Deepest cravings and desires
Becoming aware and following
The eightfold path out of suffering
Following the Middle Way
Providing a liberation
That leads to joy