The Buddhist view on why we experience life as unsatisfactory
“Life is dukkha (suffering)” is the first noble truth in Buddhism. Why life sucks is explained by the Buddha through the khandhā, which some call the Buddhist psychology.
The khandhā is the perceptual and cognitive process through which we deal with what happens to us in life. Clinging to the khandhā creates behaviour patterns, similar to how road tracks are created by the wheels of a cart deepening the track in the road by going through it over and over again.
This process and how it makes us experience life as unsatisfactory is explained in this book. Once you see the process, you can start to overcome the suffering. This is further elaborated in the sequel book “Life sucks no more. How?”.
This book is a must-read for mindfulness teachers, mindfulness practitioners and all interested in Buddhism. The many practical exercises, meditations and short summaries help practitioners in their day to day life. The teachings provided by Buddhism are key to mindfulness teachers to understand the basics of mindfulness. Readers living the Buddha’s teachings will rejoice in the many quotations from the Pali canon sources and Buddhist scholars.
“A beautiful work, distilling ancient ideas so they are very real and useable to us all in leading our lives. What a masterful piece of applied scholarship!”
Willem KuykenRitblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science, University of Oxford
About the author
The author, Geert Vancoppenolle, °1964, is recognized yoga teacher, certified mindfulness teacher and certified stress and burn-out coach. During his 5 year yoga education he was acquainted with the 6 orthodox philosophies (Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mīmāṃsā and Vedanta) and the heterodox philosophies of Buddhism and Tantrism. This book is based on his thesis to become yoga teacher, embodied through his path as mindfulness teacher and meditation practitioner. Geert lives in Belgium, Europe.