vinasp wrote:Hi Mike,
"It it not that I do not know and see suffering, Kassapa. I know suffering, I see suffering."
My interpretation of this is that it can be understood in two ways.
!. The Buddha remembers what suffering is like, from his life before
2. The Buddha knows and sees suffering in other people, almost everyone
that he encounters - including Kassapa.
I think your interpretations may be misleading. It seems to me you try to bring suffering together with a person, either for him (the Buddha before his awakening) or for other people but as I see it, this is unnecessary. For me the Buddhas statement "I know suffering, I see suffering" doesn't mean to see suffering for me or for others, it means to know/see how suffering arises, changes, ceases. It's not about "my" suffering, "your" suffering, "their" suffering, it's about knowing/seeing pañc'upādāna-khandha as it is.
best wishes, aicnteyyo