(There is a Sanskrit term, tanha, that is translated as thirst or craving; this term points to a regular human experience which is right at the center of why we suffer or have difficulty in life. This tanha, or thirst, is characterized by never being wholly satisfied. With regular thirst, we feel the need for water, we drink, we don’t want any more water: we are satisfied. With tanha, even though we get the object of our desire, it does not satisfy: we want more.
Tanha has two more characteristics, grasping and confusion. The confusion is Continue reading →