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Friends:

Why not indulge in Hedonism? Change!

Venerable Sariputta once pointed out the danger of delight:
If, friends, one is not freed of lust, desire, attraction, thirst,
passion and craving for the manifold various forms, feelings,
experiences, constructions and types of consciousness, then
with the inevitable change in and alteration of these forms,
feelings, experiences, constructions and types of consciousness,
one invariably experiences disappointment, dissatisfaction,
discontent, frustration, sorrow, pain and despair...! One who
lives immersed in these derivatives of greed, therefore suffers
in this very life from the continual fever of wanting, needing,
longing, frustration and urge... Moreover, when dying and this
body is breaking up, the greedy one can expect a bad destination!
This is the immanent danger and side-effect of desire and craving...

If, however, one is freed of all lust, desire, attraction, thirst,
passion and craving for the manifold various forms, feelings,
experiences, constructions and types of consciousness, then
with the inevitable change in and alteration of these, one does not
experience any disappointment, dissatisfaction, discontent, pain,
frustration, sorrow, nor any despair... Not living immersed in these
derivatives of greed, one does therefore not suffer from any hot
fever of neither wanting, nor longing, nor any urge. Moreover, when
dying and this body is breaking up, such cooled and calmed one can
expect a good destination! This is the quite blissful advantage
and assured benefit of removal of desire and craving here and now...

          Hunting pleasure produces delayed and therefore hidden pain...
        Relinquishing desire for pleasure gives ease now and bliss later... 

More on this dual Desire (Chanda):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Fire_of_Sense-Desire.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Desire_as_Way_to_Force.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Obstructing_Corruption.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Desireless_is_Deathless.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Two_kinds_of_Desire.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Colourful_but_Muddy.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/chanda.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Charcoal_Pit.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Desire_and_Lust.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Just_a_Flash.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonism

Source: Venerable Sariputta, General of the Dhamma.
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya III 7-9
http://store.pariyatti.org/Connected-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1379.html
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/sn/index.html

Why not Hedonism?

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