The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon
David Webster explores the notion of desire as found in the Buddhist Pali Canon. Beginning by addressing the idea of a 'paradox of desire', whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined. A range of views of desire, as found in Western thought, are presented as well as Hindu and Jain approaches. An exploration of the concept of ditthi(view or opinion) is also provided, exploring the way in which 'holding views' can be seen as analogous to the process of desiring. Other subjects investigated include the mind-body relationship, the range of Pali terms for desire, and desire's positive spiritual value. A comparative exploration of the various approaches completes the work.
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Abhidhamma adhitthana anatta anicca argue arising atman attachment attainment avijja bhikkhave Bhikkhu Brahman Buddha Buddhist thought Buddhist view cetana cetasikas chanda Chapter claim clearly concern condition consciousness context craving creative death Deleuze described desireless devas Dhamma discussed distinction ditthi dukkha esana form of desire Furthermore Gethin Gita goal Harvey Hindu Hindu thought Hinduism human Ibid idea ignorance kama Killingley kusala lack leads lobha look Mahasatipatthana Sutta mano means mental metaphysical mind moral namarupa nature of desire negative nibbana Nietzsche noble notion of desire object of desire offer Pali Canon Pali texts passage passion path paticca paticca-samuppada PED gives philosophy position raga reason rebirth refer regarding relation Rg Veda right-view role Samma-ditthi samma-sankappa Sanskrit Schopenhauer seeking seems seen sense sexual spiritual Sutra Sutta tanha terms for desire things Trans translation understanding upadana Upanisads vedana Vedic vibhava-tanha view of desire vinnana Western wish