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Buddha-Dharma: The Three Cravings

Buddha-Dharma:  The Three Cravings

Humans crave and desire so much that it is important to realize the main three things we yearn for. It is important to know these cravings that arise in our hearts and minds, because without realizing them and their power, “we get caught up in longing and loathing–desiring some things to come (or stay) and others to go.”

According to Buddhist teachings, “all the woes of humankind stem from these three forms of craving.” Find the list here:

The first is sensual desire.

The second is our thirst for existence itself. We don’t want to die.

The third is the thirst for non-existence. We want to be released from the world of pain and stress.

Read more: Spirit, Inspiration

Inspired by Buddhism Plain & Simple, by Steve Hagen (Broadway Books, 1997).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:57PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

that's it?

3:02PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

more detail would have been useful...

1:40AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Are they necessarily in the order given???

12:21PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thank you.

1:40AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Excellent article. Very true! Thanks for sharing.

1:13AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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4:39AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Thanks for the info.

11:27PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010


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