Michael_S wrote:There has been no "suffering" or "dukkha" as a result of this desire to see a film and acting upon it.
Had you seen some of the terrible movies I've seen, you wouldn't say this. *grin* Wow. Talk about suffering. *shudder*
Michael_S wrote:The book mentioned a few posts ago about "desire" points out that there are
seventeen Pali words that have all been translated as "desire" into English by various authors.
So, I am uncertain of what the Buddha really meant about all this. Something is getting lost in the translating.
I've read a bit of the Canon (in English) and see some contradiction.
Indeed. If we go the obvious route, the second noble truth (origin of dukkha = craving) uses the word "tanha" (thirst). Never take english translations at face value, no matter how good the translator. At the very least, key terms (like dukkha, tanha, upadana, et cetera) ought to be investigated so they can be properly understood.
Michael_S wrote:The basics like food, water, air, heat, shelter, etc do not provoke "desires" or "cravings", they are needs.
Yes and no, but look at that word tanha again: thirst. Thirsting for water serves a purpose. Without it you die. But thirsting for non-necessities?
Michael_S wrote:Anyway, I sit on the Newbie fence as far as Buddhism goes and remain undecided about much of it.
The practice of mindfulness has been helpful to me,
but the idea that all desires lead to suffering is probably not what the Buddha meant.
If he did, then he was mistaken.
It's not what he meant. =) But I don't think he meant a lot of what people think he meant...