Noble Truth 1
: All experience is characterised by Dukkha
I wish high school presented Buddhism more like this monk did. My encounter with Buddhism through these classes made it sound horribly unnatural, zapping the humanity out of people.
But dukkha is not quite the same as “suffering”. Hard to translate, way more subtle than that, a sort of permanent dissatisfaction with the way things are. The way “out” — it's still always going to be there no matter what — is not some pale extinction of what makes us people or some kind of dharma passionate zeal. You can be a Buddhist without zapping all the stuff that makes you a Standard Issue Human Being. Buddhism for Normal People?