This talk was given at Parinirvana Day 2010. Suriyavamsa begins with the inevitability of death and some of our habitual attitudes to death and suffering, reading from contemporary poets. He brings out the Buddhist perspective that life and death are not separate, but parts of the same preocess.
Then the talks looks at two responses to suffering and death in the biography of the Buddha - the Going Forth and the Parinirvana.
The talks ends by looking at the Buddha's active compassion as expressed through teaching the Dharma, concluding that metta is the only true response to the problem of suffering.