PeterB wrote:I dont think most of us have a problem with what we are being taught about craving. As a concept I mean..I am sure that we are all too familiar with craving itself. My own view is that we overemphasis " clinging". Clinging it seems to me is what happens in the absence of seeing things the way they are. So rather than tying ourselves in knots in order not to cling, I think it more profitable to examine the roots of that clinging. We tend instead to make lists for ourselves of things not to cling to.
Craving also follows from lack of understanding.
The purpose of the DO teaching is to undermine that ignorance. To see and know that: it is not permanent, it is not free of affliction, it is not a self, nor is it property of a self. All those things can be seen from the perspective of DO.
I agree of course that we shouldn't tie ourselves into a knot. I've been there, done that. Pointless. However, it is easy to slip into the other extreme of complacency. The the beauty of the DO teaching is that just by observing it as it works itself out again and again we loosen the clinging and abandon craving in a more natural fashion. We abandon not just a list of things, but the whole breadth of experience.
Well, we do so a little at a time.