A spiritual teacher who teaches anything similar to that would be deluded not awake. A true sage would tell you that your true nature is freedom and peace. The Buddha said that all suffering is a Buddha seed. He also taught that life is suffering but that there can be an end to suffering. In Zen it is to be that which you were before you were born. Zen Master Bankei for example taught that everything is perfectly managed in the Unborn. In Taoism, such as in the Secret of the Golden Flower, for example, cultivating the Tao is in Turning The Light Around, meaning taking the Human consciousness; the consciousness that is thought and ideas or concepts about oneself and the material world and turning that light of awareness of things back to the source; the consciousness or awareness that is the substratum of all our experiencing; Taoists also call this the great return; returning the consciousness of Later Heaven; the conditioned state, back to earlier Heaven; the unconditioned state. In Hinduism it is awakening to the formless self. Again in Taoism Lao Tzu points to the silence or unnamable indescribable Tao. True sages point to that and nothing else. They leave the problem of suffering and all the reasons why doing so makes good sense to those who believe such things. Pointing out that whatever you believe is what you are.
Religions, philosophical and political organizations teach the things you are talking about. Original sin and the like. "We are all destined to suffer and suffering is natural because we are less than god and can never fully attain peace until we die; that suffering is our lot and the best we can do is grapple with it. Learn to live with it. They posit "Faith" as the way out. In Religious Taoism, buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam.... They all give you systems to cultivate our true nature with yet do just what you are saying; teach that you have to do this or that to be the best person you can be allowing for the fact that you will inevitably have to suffer in the process. More often than not those who think they are going their own way, or are rebelling or walking a different path by not joining religions or other ways of thinking and practicing and are doing it their own way;unconsciously incorporate these same dogmas and doctrines into their practices. The way of Sages goes beyond both approaches.
The way of awakening is different. it is the Way of focusing on that which is true about you and deprograming yourself from believing anything unless it can be proven within your own experience. The Buddha said not to trust his words or anyone else's but prove it for yourself by your own inquiry and experience. All true Sages say this. Sages; real teachers, do not disallow suffering along the way to awakening but we are reminder by their words and life that our true nature is the inner peace we all seek. And that it is available to all.
Enlightenment, as you said is merely a concept. As is ignorance. But we all know when we are happy or suffering. Chaos and commotion are a part of life. But our true nature is what in Taoism is called the Constant. The constant is what Taoists also call Stillness or silence or the unnamable. Cultivating stillness means to be like a mirror reflecting things but free of them. This takes what the Buddha called a complete Reversal in consciousness. Teachers who would teach the deluded things you said are not awake to this themselves.
There is no enlightenment but there is something mysterious and wonderful about us that is deeper than all the ideas one might have accumulated over a lifetime about who and what we are. When suffering arises it is natural to want to alleviate it somehow. Suffering is caused by concepts. Even physical pain cannot cause suffering unless one thinks that physical pain necessitates a state of suffering. There have been modern Sages such as Ramana Maharshi who died of Cancer. His body was wracked with cancer and he died a physically painful death but by all accounts was the very picture of peace and happiness, throughout, because he no longer associated pain and the ills of his body with his true nature which is unalloyed peace and happiness. There are many examples of such Sages throughout history.
If you try to understand this from within the framework of the dualistic mind of thoughts, your own ideas and concepts about what is and is not possible blocks you from experiencing it. So you have to look into discovering what your true nature is in a completely different way. First to begin to see that we are more than our thoughts and ideas. That there is something else about us that shines constantly and cannot be put into words or understood by the mind. See what that is. What is it about you that is there regardless of what you are thinking or are doing? It is called the heart center. The formless self. Awareness. The Tao. The original Self. The Constant.... In Hinduism the realization of it is through fleeting Samadhi. or deep meditation where you let the mind pass and focus on that in which thoughts arise. A glimpse of the bliss and wonder that arises within us when we are touched by the beauty of nature. Or a spiritual book. Or in deep formless meditation. Or any other activity that makes us happy is the way to it. At that moment our true nature shines. Limited only by our ideas that this experience comes from thoughts and things rather than from our own self which is unclouded at that moment by limiting concepts about it. In Islam these limitations we set upon ourselves are called veils. Veils are all ideas or concept we have that we are limited or fallen in any way. It is seeing that in you that is the source of love and happiness and learning to live by it. In islam it is called the peace that surpatheth all understanding.
in the true Way spirituality is not a struggle and not fraught with suffering but a return to the heart. The more you return your way of being to the hear center and away from self limiting concepts the more you see this. If you love your suffering you can keep it. But if you are tired of it it is essential that you look into your concepts that are causing the suffering and see if they are true about you. In my experience no idea can take away my happiness because I am not that. i experience myself as that in which all things arise moment to moment.
Take a look right now. Thoughts appear. Experiences too. What do they appear in?
sun streams through the window in the morning
You awaken to this before the first thought
A moment or two and a thought of lack and limitation
pain and suffering arises over something you think
Where is the freedom in that?
return to the center
Everything luminous and bright
What good are all your ideas compared to this?
If you let everything go moment to moment
like the window lets the sunshine in naturally
the Chaos and commotion is just another
opportunity presenting itself to you
People, places and things appear
moment to moment
in the brightness of the light of your own
without causing needless suffering
This is the beginning and end of practice
: "So the sages say to give all that
: Striving to "give things up" (in a
: metaphysical sense) is no different than
: striving for gold and riches and fame and
: glory. The "search for
: enlightenment" is the most ego-maniacal
: activity ever undertaken by humankind. The
: human ego at its most delusional.
: Priests, gurus, and sages who teach a
: doctrine of "human incompleteness"
: and "human imperfection" are
: thieves and liars. They disempower and maim
: their followers by convincing them that they
: are in some way "incomplete." That
: their lives are in some way
: Of course it's natural to choose
: "this" over "that."
: Living in pain and chaos, for instance,
: without seeking relief is foolish and
: unnecessary. But to in any way teach that
: there need not be -- or will not be --
: occasional pain and occasional chaos in this
: life is even more foolish.
: All in my opinion.
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