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 Sense Joys, Happiness, Release & Beyond!


The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are joys of the flesh, there are joys not of this world, and
there are rapturous joys far beyond even such subtle unworldly joys ...
There is happiness of the flesh, there is a happiness not of this world, and
there is exquisite bliss far beyond even such subtle unworldly happiness!
There is indifference of the flesh, there is an Equanimity not of this world,
and there is a serenity far beyond even such subtle unworldly Equanimity!
There is satisfaction of the flesh, there is a mental release not of this world,
and there is a liberation far beyond even such subtle unworldly release ...
And what, Bhikkhus, are then these simple joys of the flesh?
There are these five strings of sense-pleasure. What five?
Visible forms experienceable by the eye ...
Hearable sounds experienceable by the ear ...
Smellable odours experienceable by the nose ...
Tastable flavours experienceable by the tongue ...
Touchable objects experienceable by the body ...
All are attractive, captivating, desirable, irresistible, lovely, agreeable,
tempting, pleasing, sensually enticing, seductive, alluring, and tantalizing!
These are the 5 strings of sense-pleasure. Joy that arises from these
five strings of sense-pleasure: This is simply the Joy of the flesh ...

Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1

More on the folly vanity of desire for simple Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):

Prince Siddhattha realizes the empty folly of sense pleasure...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling: Vedanā. Joys beyond this world ...

Beyond Joy!

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016
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