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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Two different Desires

Phillip Moffitt of The Huffington Post discusses the two kinds of desire, wholesome and unwholesome. The way I understand the terms "wholesome" and "unwholesome" is that one consists of actions not causing suffering and the other causing suffering. Ultimately, Moffitt brings up these two forms of desire to show that Buddhism isn't nihilistic, as many people have labeled it as.

"People often mistakenly believe Buddhism is nihilistic or anti-life because they have the misconception that the Buddha taught that desire is bad. Certainly, the Buddha instructed that the arising of desire is a critical link in the chain of mental events that leads to suffering, but he also made clear that desire itself is not the problem. It is our attachment to obtaining and keeping our desires that creates our suffering."

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