This reminds me about quantum entanglement: two things so joined that trying to observe one causes a change in the other. I think thats what what the first noble truth implies. That life and suffering are an 'entangled pair' and any inquest in either has an effect on the other resulting in either unskillful or skillful results. If we observe skillfully, we may escape both but not one. Make any sense?
Wesley1982 wrote:What are some common mistakes that beginners make?
Reading too much about Buddhism and not realizing one needs to practice and that the practice is in every moment of your life. I spent my early years with Buddhism mostly reading, but not really living my life according to the teachings.