Suffering isn’t optional, even though author Gail Brenner claims otherwise in her book Suffering is Optional.
Because if you’re looking for such a book, you’ve been SUFFERING. And – this is a 100% guarantee – there is no group of people in the world who enjoys a never-ending state of total non-suffering.
Suffering is optional?
This reminds me of a time in Kyoto, Japan. I was finishing up an NLP training with the iNLP Center Japanese group. You can find
Anyway, in Kyoto outside a famous Buddhist monastery, some monks were performing. Beautiful Buddhist music. They were wearing those wide-brimmed hats and with their heads bowed it was impossible to see their faces.
So what did I do? I don’t know why, but for some reason I peeked my face under one of those wide brims so I could see the face of monk who was performing such beautiful music for the masses.
What did I see?
Young Japanese guy with a look of pure PANIC on his face.
How to interpret this scene?
Easy. Young Japanese monk is full of fear / performance anxiety / impostor syndrome / and whatever else you want to call the existential anxiety that plagues people.
Whatever. One anxious monk. Is that enough to cloud my judgment and give a big poo-poo bomb to anyone who claims you can ZEN out your life?
So anyway – this book Suffering is Optional by Gail Brenner. Is it any good? Jesus Lord it’s great.
LOL – thank you Gail Brenner
The book is superb.