Stefan wrote:Hi Bodom -- and thanks for the quick reply!
However, I was looking for a simile that illustrates how dukkha arises from tanha. The text you cited was about sensual pleasures.
MN105 wrote:'Craving is said by the Buddha to be an arrow'. The poison of ignorance spreads its toxin through desire, passion, & ill will. [...]
I have given this simile to convey a meaning. The meaning is this: the wound stands for the six internal sense media; the poison, for ignorance; the arrow, for craving...
As to simile: The truth of suffering should be regarded as a burden, the truth of origin as the taking up of the burden, the truth of cessation as the putting down of the burden, the truth of the path as the means to putting down of the burden. The truth of suffering is like a disease, the truth of origin is like the cause of the disease, the truth of cessation as the cure of the disease, and the truth of the path is like the medicine. Or the truth of suffering is like a famine, the truth of origin is like a draught, the truth of cessation is like plenty, and the truth of the path is like timely rain.
Furthermore, these truths can be understood in this way by applying these similes: enmity, the cause of the enmity, the removal of the enmity, and the means to remove the enmity; a poison tree, the tree's root, the cutting of the root, and the means to cut the root; fear the cause of fear, freedom from fear, and the means to attain it; the hither shore, the great flood, the further shore, and the effort to reach it.
Vism. XVI, 87
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