action and desire

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dddmmm
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action and desire

Postby dddmmm » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:13 pm

Does to act necessarily mean that there is an underlying desire?

I understand that this is not a philosophy forum, but this question touches on certain issues that I think are quite central in buddhism.

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Paul Davy
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Re: action and desire

Postby Paul Davy » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:40 pm

Greetings dddmmm,

See:

SN 51.15: Brahmana Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn51/sn51.015.than.html

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: action and desire

Postby vinasp » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:45 pm

Hi dddmmm,

I think that action shows that there is volition. There may be many kinds of volition. Craving (tanha) is one, desire (chanda) is another. Craving is bad, desire is not always bad.

Best wishes, Vincent.


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