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 Seeking Delight Inherently Creates Suffering!

At Savatthi the Buddha once said:
Friends, any who seeks delight in form
seeks delight in suffering. I tell you, anyone seeking delight in suffering,
is not freed from suffering. Anyone who seeks delight in feeling, or seeks
delight in perception, or seeks delight in mental constructions, or seeks
delight in consciousness, indeed thereby also seeks delight in suffering...
One who seeks delight in suffering cannot be liberated from suffering...!
Anyone who does not seek any delight, neither in form, nor in feeling, nor
in perception, nor in mental constructions, nor in consciousness, does not
seek delight in any suffering! Anyone who does not seek any delight in any
form of suffering, is therefore and thereby released from all suffering...!

"Garden of Earthly Delight" by Hieronymus Bosch. (1450-1516)

Delight is a mixed state of craving camouflaged by the joy of satisfaction.
However, in the end, all craving will create suffering either sooner or later..
This is an inevitable consequence of impermanence: Either does the cherished
object change into something non-attractive, or the delight in it evaporates..
Seeking delight is therefore - ultimately speaking - creating suffering...
All beings in the sense-world (kāma-loka) are devoured by their own delight...

The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya 22(29) [III 31]

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Updated: 22 December 2016

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