‘The heart knowing the Dhamma of ultimate ease sees for sure that the khandhas are always stressful. The Dhamma stays as the Dhamma, the khandhas stay as the khandhas, that’s all.’
~ Ajahn Mun, The Ballad of Liberation from the Five Khandhas, ll 180–86
(Thanissaro Bhikkhu trans.)
So here, Ajahn Mun is saying that the 5 Khandhas/skandhas – the psychophysical self – our ordinary mind and body – are always stressful, always dukkha and is subject to suffering.
On the other hand, the Dharma – in this context meaning the Ultimate Truth, is distinctly separate from the world of the 5 skandhas – the psychophysical world that we experience through our body.
- The 5 khandhas – have the nature of instability, change, decay and death inherent within it – and so, are subject to suffering
- The Ultimate Truth – the Dharma has no suffering inherent within it because it is not unstable, has no change, no decay and no death within it – it is ultimate ease.