Noble Truth: Craving Causes Suffering!
The blessed Buddha once said:
One should dwell reflecting on all phenomena as mental states in the light
of these 4 Noble Truths. How does one do so? Here, one sees, understands,
and knows this, as it verily is:
All this and all such is
Craving is the cause and origin
of all that suffering!
Absence of craving is the complete ceasing of
Noble 8-fold Way is the method to eradicate all suffering!
And what, monks, is the 2nd Noble Truth on the Cause of
It is that
Craving, which gives rise to rebirth, drenched with lust, and
finding lovely fresh delight first here, then there: that is to say sensual
craving for becoming into existence, and craving for
non-becoming of any state.
And where does this craving arise, and manifest itself?
Wherever in the world there is anything attractive, and pleasant
phenomena, it is
there and then, on the very spot, that this craving arises and manifests itself...
And what is there, in this world, that is
attractive and pleasant?
The eye, in this world, is attractive and pleasant, the ear, nose, the
the body, and the mind are attractive and pleasant, and there this craving arises
and puts down its roots. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches,
and mental states
is attractive and amusing, and there craving emerges
Visual consciousness, auditory consciousness, olfactory consciousness,
consciousness, body consciousness, and mental consciousness in this
attractive and alluring, and there this craving comes up and implants itself.
ear-contact, nose-contact, tongue-contact, body-contact,
mental-contact in this world is attractive and tempting,
and here this craving
begins and reveals itself. Any
nose-contact, tongue- contact, body-contact, mind-contact in the world
appealing and fascinating, and
right there this craving occurs and installs itself.
The perception and experience of any sights,
sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles,
and thoughts are quite interesting and captivating,
and there this craving arises
and imbibes itself.
Intention, wishing, wanting and
hoping for certain sights,
sounds, smells, tastes, touches, thoughts,
and mental ideas are enthralling and
this craving also arises and
The craving itself, the
drive, the push and rush for
various sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, tangibles, and many mental-objects
in this world is attractive and
seductive, and there this craving also arises and consolidates itself.
Thinking of any sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, tangibles, and mental-objects
in this world is attractive and tantalizing,
and craving arises and manifests itself.
Prolonged pondering on certain sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles and
the manifold diversity of mental
objects in this world are indeed attractive
and enticing, and therefore this craving also arises,
enhances, habituates, engraves, deeply roots, and reinforces itself...
And all that, is called the 2nd
Noble Truth on the Cause of Suffering...
More on the 2nd Noble Truth: Craving of the Cause
Source (edited extract):
The Long Speeches of the Buddha.
Digha Nikāya. Book II
Thread: The Foundations of Awareness. Mahāsatipatthāna