Medicine Buddha Today

The Value of Problems

Posted on Jan 20, 2020

It is a normal human reaction to see problems as just problems, just obstacles or tests we must overcome. However, there may be more to it than that. Besides being painful at times, problems help us see the real nature of life, a process that is always moving to and past us, that cannot be grasped, and that we would do well to appreciate and love as best we can when we  have it. Further, problems can help us learn more about how our own mind operates, and from that, how we can use problems to get to the deep root problem we all face, dualistic fixation. And they show us a small crack in our fixation process through which we can see a light of non-dual wisdom shining through. And finally they inspire us to actually unravel the mechanisms of that fixation with mind tools like Medicine Buddha so that we can go beyond all problem-ness in all aspects of our life.