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Dhammapada 342-343

Surrounded by craving, People run around like frightened hares. Held by fetters and bonds, They suffer, repeatedly, over a long time. Surrounded by craving, People run around like frightened hares. Seeking dispassion, A monastic should dispel craving. (translated by Gil … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 338

Just as a felled tree grows again If the roots are unharmed and strong, So suffering sprouts again and again Until the tendency to crave is rooted out. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) If only there were a “weed-killer” that could … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 335-336

Sorrow grows Like grass after rain For anyone overcome by this miserable craving And clinging to the world. Sorrow falls away Like drops of water from a lotus For anyone who overcomes this miserable craving And clinging to the world. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 334

The craving of a person who lives negligentlySpreads like a creeping* vine.Such a person leaps ever onward,Like a monkey seeking fruit in the forest. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) *In a footnote Gil says that the Pali word here refers to … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 251 (the real danger)

There is no fire like lust,No grasping like hate,No snare like delusion,No river like craving. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) The composer of this verse knows from personal experience that the biggest dangers we face are not external but internal. We … Continue reading

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Desire vs craving

Desire and craving may sound like synonyms, but in the Buddha’s teachings, they are distinct. Desire can be wholesome or unwholesome. We can want to do a good job, or to be of assistance to others, to practice meditation diligently, … Continue reading

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