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.

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


Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


Ana Passos
Past Member 3 years ago

that's it?

a             y m.
g d c.4 years ago

more detail would have been useful...

Lean Towards Y.
Past Member 4 years ago

Are they necessarily in the order given???

Susan S.
Paul Stephan4 years ago

Thank you.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Excellent article. Very true! Thanks for sharing.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.6 years ago