he Buddha taught the four noble truths, beginning with suffering and the cause of suffering. These four noble truths are something to be applied to our own experience. When we encounter some difficulty, we have to first consider the nature of the difficulty, and then determine its cause. But most people simply react to difficulties by complaining and protesting. The second noble truth is the cause of suffering, not the cause of happiness. Some people try to alleviate their troubles by drinking alcohol or going to night clubs, but such approaches are only a way of temporarily ignoring the problem, and once the effects of the alcohol wear off, the problem is still there. To effectively deal with a problem, you have to determine its cause. Thus, you could say that “Find the source of suffering” is the first and most effective mantra the Buddha gave us

~Khangser Rinpoche~