“Bound, themselves, in the prison of samsara,

Whom are the worldly gods able to protect?

Therefore, it is the practice of the bodhisattvas

To go for refuge in the three unfailing jewels.”

-the 37 practices of a bodhisattva, verse 7*

Samsara means suffering. Actually, samsara doesn’t mean suffering. But that is how this word usually gets translated. Samsara means that things are a little off. In life, things are a little off. When people say, “the Buddha taught that life is full of suffering” that’s not really a…