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Craving

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Title: Craving: tanha

Summary:

Craving

<i>tanha</i>

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The definition

<p>“There are these three cravings. Which three? Craving for sensuality, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming. These are the three cravings.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— Iti 58</p>

An arrow in the heart

<p>“Craving is… an arrow. The poison of ignorance spreads its toxin through desire, passion, & ill will.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— MN 105</p>

Six kinds of craving

<p>“There are these six classes of craving: craving for forms, craving for sounds, craving for odors, craving for flavors, craving for tangibles, craving for mind-objects.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— MN 9</p>

What traps us in [[..:sacca1:samsara|samsara]]

<p>“Monks, I don't envision even one other fetter — fettered by which beings conjoined go wandering and transmigrating on for a long, long time — like the fetter of craving. Fettered with the fetter of craving, beings conjoined go wandering and transmigrating on for a long, long time.”</p> <p class=“cite”>— Iti 15</p>

Bound with the bondage of craving, their minds smitten with becoming & non-, they are bound with the bondage of Mara —

people	 with no safety from bondage,
beings	 going through the [[..:sacca1:samsara|wandering-on]],
	   headed for birth & death.

While those who've abandoned craving, free from the craving for becoming & non-, reaching the ending of fermentations,

though in the world,
have gone	  [[..:sacca3:nibbana|beyond]].

<p class=“cite”>— Iti 58</p>

A cause of [[..:sacca1:dukkha|dukkha]]

<p>“And what is the cause by which stress comes into play? Craving is the cause by which stress comes into play.</p> <p class=“cite”>— AN 6.63</p>

Cutting the roots of craving

If its root remains undamaged & strong, a tree, even if cut, will grow back. So too if latent craving is not rooted out, this suffering returns

again
&
again.

<p class=“cite”>— Dhp 338</p>

Encircled with craving, people hop round & around like a rabbit caught in a snare. Tied with fetters & bonds they go on to suffering, again & again, for long. <p class=“cite”>— Dhp 342</p>

For a person

forced on by his thinking,
fierce in his passion,
focused on beauty,

craving grows all the more. He's the one

who tightens the bond.

But one who delights

in the stilling of thinking,

always mindful

	   cultivating
a focus on the foul:

He's the one

who will make an end,

the one who will cut Mara's bond. <p class=“cite”>— Dhp 349-350</p>

Where does craving arise, and where does it dwell?

<p>“And where does this craving, when arising, arise? And where, when dwelling, does it dwell? Whatever seems endearing and agreeable in terms of the world: that is where this craving, when arising, arises. That is where, when dwelling, it dwells.

“And what seems endearing and agreeable in terms of the world? The eye seems endearing and agreeable in terms of the world. That is where this craving, when arising, arises. That is where, when dwelling, it dwells.

“The ear… The nose… The tongue… The body… The intellect…

“Forms… Sounds… Smells… Tastes… Tactile sensations… Ideas…

“Eye-consciousness… Ear-consciousness… Nose-consciousness… Tongue-consciousness… Body-consciousness… Intellect-consciousness…

“Eye-contact… Ear-contact… Nose-contact… Tongue-contact… Body-contact… Intellect-contact…

“Feeling born of eye-contact… Feeling born of ear-contact… Feeling born of nose-contact… Feeling born of tongue-contact… Feeling born of body-contact… Feeling born of intellect-contact…

“Perception of forms… Perception of sounds… Perception of smells… Perception of tastes… Perception of tactile sensations… Perception of ideas…

“Intention for forms… Intention for sounds… Intention for smells… Intention for tastes… Intention for tactile sensations… Intention for ideas…

“Craving for forms… Craving for sounds… Craving for smells… Craving for tastes… Craving for tactile sensations… Craving for ideas…

“Thought directed at forms… Thought directed at sounds… Thought directed at smells… Thought directed at tastes… Thought directed at tactile sensations… Thought directed at ideas…

“Evaluation of forms… Evaluation of sounds… Evaluation of smells… Evaluation of tastes… Evaluation of tactile sensations… Evaluation of ideas seems endearing and agreeable in terms of the world. That is where this craving, when arising, arises. That is where, when dwelling, it dwells.</p> <p class=“cite”>— DN 22</p>

<p><b>See also:</b></p> <ul> <li>The Second Noble Truth</li> <li><a href=”../../dana/index_en.html”>Generosity (<i>dana</i>)</a></li> <li>”Tanha” in the General Index</li> </ul>

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