Unless we have an understanding and acceptance of pain, we will have no way to transcend that pain. Throughout our lives we are struggling. We struggle because, in our being, we feel we are what we are and cannot change. We are constantly anxious. Why? Goodness knows! Only because we have basic goodness, or innate wholesomeness, in us can we feel the counterpart of that, the pain of discomfort, anxiety, and confusion. In order to take a photograph, not only light but shadow is necessary.
Excerpted from The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation, page 7.