Suffering and Pain

Bodhisattva Manjushri (Tibet, 14th century 1403-1424, Museum Rietberg, Zurich) © Barbara-Paraprem, 2014
Bodhisattva Manjushri

Tibet, 14th century, Museum Rietberg, Zurich
© Barbara-Paraprem, 2014


All suffering comes from the inability to stand pain. As long as these two, suffering and pain, are not distinguished with the razor-sharp sword of wisdom, we will continue to suffer. But it would be incorrect to say, that we are indeed able, but unwilling, because no one likes to suffer. There is a flash of awareness, when we perceive the possibility, yet being able to, in a way, that is given to us. Not from a God outside of us, as if this would play favorites. I can’t describe any way to that place. I just know that it happens sometimes. And this awareness causes immediately complete relief.



Use the storm

At the Grave of Kobun Roshi on the day before my Jukai (Felsentor, Mount Rigi, Switzerland) © Barbara-Paraprem, 2015

At the Grave of Kobun © Barbara-Paraprem, 9.1.2015


Don’t demand for perfect health, that would be greed.
Transform your life into your medicine
and don’t expect a way without hindrances.
Without any fire your light would go out.
Use the storm for your liberation.

Verlange nicht nach vollkommener Gesundheit, das wäre Gier.
Verwandle dein Leben in dein Heilmittel
und erwarte dir keinen Weg ohne Hindernisse.
Ohne jedes Feuer würde dein Licht erlöschen.
Nutze den Sturm zu deiner Befreiung.

Bojo Jinul, 1158–1210
Korean Zen Monk

View from Mount Rigi © Barbara-Paraprem, 9.1.2015, 13.25

View from Mount Rigi © Barbara-Paraprem, 9.1.2015, 13:25


Ursula dedicated 😉