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    The Idea of Craving

    According to one of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, the cause of suffering is craving. What kind of craving is it? Is it any kind of craving? I'm just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    According to one of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, the cause of suffering is craving. What kind of craving is it? Is it any kind of craving? I'm just curious.
    The way I understand it they mean any kind of desire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
    The way I understand it they mean any kind of desire.
    Would that include the desire to obtain nirvana?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    Would that include the desire to obtain nirvana?
    Given the que sera sera attitude I've often seen* with Buddhism that wouldn't surprise me. Then again logical consistency doesn't seem to be a priority.

    *Admittedly a very small and indirect sample size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    Would that include the desire to obtain nirvana?
    The problem with "I want to attain nirvana" is not "to attain nirvana", it is the "I want". What you think is "I" isn't; the "I" is something you have to leave behind.

    Craving (samudāya) is sometimes translated "selfish desire". It is the "self-" that is the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
    Then again logical consistency doesn't seem to be a priority.
    Quote Originally Posted by rossum View Post
    The problem with "I want to attain nirvana" is not "to attain nirvana", it is the "I want". What you think is "I" isn't; the "I" is something you have to leave behind.
    Hmmm. I see what you mean Brum.

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