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Getting Un-Hooked: Discomfort, Suffering and Consumer Culture

The first Noble Truth of Buddhism is popularly translated as “life is suffering,” which is often misunderstood as a fatalistic view of a hostile world. In this episode, Ven Tenzin and guest host Mathew Divaris delve into the nuances between discomfort, which is inevitable in life, and suffering, which is not. In this wide ranging conversation, we see the connections between the human experience of dukkha (the pervasive sense of dissatisfaction), and capitalism’s obsession with driving us to comfort ourselves with consumption… often, with disastrous results.


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