Desires

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

In Buddhism, desire, or craving, is considered the main source of suffering. This is due to the impermanent nature of all things. We may get what we hoped for, but as with anything, it cannot satiate us forever, and we risk falling into a cycle of desiring-having. Or, we may not get it, and be disappointed.

Desire is a strange thing. We want something, for one reason or another, and more often than not, we don’t realize why we want it, and how craving it affects us. From the simplest cravings, such as for a particular type of food, to the strongest ones, as in a crush, an ambition, or an idea, we sometimes just appear to be puppets of desires. If we can pause, and observe them, we can better understand their effect on us, and see what is the best path to go forward with. Or just put them on a leash!

- T

 

One Response to “Desires”

  1. ST says:
    July 13th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    This is one great post T. You are offering much wisdom here on the nature of desire and how to work with it. And sometimes we “get” what we desire, and we’re still disappointed, or there’s a lot of suffering involved in trying to “hold on.” Desire truly is a strange thing that most of us unfortunately don’t bother trying to understand. I can see that all your research has been fruitful – Thanks for sharing.

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