The pleasant and the unpleasant in life are really two sides of the same coin. We are drawn to the former but repelled by the latter. When bad things happen, we do not just suffer the problem, we also experience painful feelings. If we harbor those feelings, they may fester and present bigger problems. So, we mask the bad with the good feelings that come with enjoying sense pleasures in this world or hanging on to pleasant experiences in the past. The Dhamma shows us that these are ultimately futile. How then are we to truly overcome painful feelings? What do we need to do?

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