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The Two Forms of Suffering

Mingyur Rinpoche dropping some wisdom on the difference between natural and self-created suffering.

In this short teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the difference between natural and self-created suffering. Recognizing the difference between these two helps us to see how we can free ourselves from many of the most painful situations in our lives by exploring the mind and gaining insight into the nature and functioning of awareness.

This teaching was originally presented as a free monthly teaching on the Tergar Learning Community: http://learning.tergar.org/course_library/mingyur-rinpoches-monthly-teachings/

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