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Why do the Noble Truths talk about 'craving', instead of about 'attachment'?

Craving (lit. "thirst", tanha) is a technical term that means that very phenomenological moment when you (here!) daydream about something (over there!). Buddha says "unsatisfied craving IS dukkha" (...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

Maybe because Clinging/Upadana is such a powerful destructive force, even advanced practitioners still have a tough time dealing with. So the non-clinging theme reflected through insight into ...
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Did the Buddha teach the four noble truths to laypeople?

Ugga, a rich layman, said in a sutta of the aṭṭhaka-nipātā (AN 8.22): With confident heart I paid homage to the Buddha. The Buddha taught me step by step (anupubbikakathā), with a talk on ...
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What is the object of Faith in Buddhism

Faith in Buddhism has many function. Also faith in upon which wisdon is built. Firstly you listen to the Dhamma and see that this sounds right Secondly you see this is logical when you think and ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

The Heart Sutra is of utmost importance in Mahayana because it declares the key realization that makes Mahayana distinct from a superficial "Sutra-Yana": That in the ultimate sense all ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

So I posed this question to my teacher at the temple yesterday, and the answer floored me! I asked her what is the meaning of "No suffering, origination, cessation of suffering, path" in the Heart ...
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Was Buddhism a rebellion against the Aryans?

When Gautama left his family to become an ascetic or śramaṇa, he joined many other ascetics or wanderers who were separate from the Vedic-Brahmanism religion. However, when Gautama left his family ...
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Does Buddhism focus on suffering too much?

Does it means Buddhism will make the average follower to feel more suffering? No. Like every religion there are Buddhists that take the teachings of kamma too seriously or miscomprehend the 1st noble ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

Perhaps its terse nature and convenience for chanting (quote from your question) is the exact reason that it is popular. I believe all the Prajnaparamita sutras point to the same thing in the ...
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Lord Buddha's First teaching and its meaning?

If you know the name of the sutta, and if it's a famous sutta, then I find you can easily find it using Google, for example: This search (Google) Wikipedia too has many articles about Buddhism, and ...
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Four Noble Truths contradicting?

If you compare suffering to a sickness, the first noble truth would be knowing that you are sick. The second noble truth would be knowing the cause of the sickness. The third noble truth would be ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

Right view is the leader ('forerunner') of the path. When you realize idle chatter leads to more dukkha, this is right view leading your speech. When the mind maintains right speech in communication, ...
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What is meant by setting the "wheel" of Dharma in motion?

You can read about the Dharma Wheel or Dharmachakra in the article "The Dharma Wheel (Dharmachakra) Symbol in Buddhism" by Barbara O'Brien. In this article, it is stated that the Dharma Wheel is a ...
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What is meant by setting the "wheel" of Dharma in motion?

What is meant by setting the "wheel" of Dharma in motion? Why is it called a wheel? Here is my interpretation based on "things I heard here and there" (so not official): In this ancient metaphor, a ...
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Is there a mistranslation of definition of ignorance?

There are 3 types of wisdom suta-maya panna: wisdom gained by listening to others cinta-maya panna: intellectual, analytical understanding bhavana-maya panna: wisdom based on direct knowledge or ...
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The four noble truths

I struggle with this idea because from my perspective many great achievements and accomplishments only happen because people are driven and about things. There's no contradiction between the 4NT vs. ...
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What does "this" stands for in the observation "This is suffering."?

We see this phrase in SN 56.11 (Sutta on Rolling Forth the Wheel of Dhamma, translated by Ven. Bodhi). “‘This is the noble truth of suffering’: thus, bhikkhus, in regard to things unheard before, ...
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How to explain what Buddhism is?

But then what I mentioned the first Noble Truth she seemed to object, saying "Sorry you think life is suffering/dissatisfaction, I don't agree: I like life, I think life is good." It seems like ...
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Good method to start finding the core values of Buddhism?

I am going to recommend three of my favorite teachers and their most popular books. Keep in mind that each of these teachers comes from a different tradition but they are mostly in agreement as to the ...
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Why do the Noble Truths talk about 'craving', instead of about 'attachment'?

It is very difficult to deal with attachment (clinging; egoism) if one has not dealt with craving. If (the urge; drive; energy of) craving is not extinguished then attachment will keep raising its ...
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Why aren't there 5 Noble Truths?

Other answers say that kamma is already covered by, or implicit in, the first and/or second noble truths. I think it's related to the fourth noble truth -- i.e. you say that kamma is important to ...
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how desire for cessation, never to be reborn, is different from desire for non-being?

Vibhava tanha (craving not-to-be) is a type of craving. Cessation of being (bhava nirodha) is the cessation of craving (tanha nirodha). The "desire for cessation" called 'chanda iddhipada' is not ...
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What is Aarya dukkha Sacca?

In the Pali suttas, the word "dukkha" is used in three different ways: (i) Unpleasant/painful feelings, which are not "suffering". Refer to SN 36.6, MN 37, MN 38, MN 148 and countless other suttas ...
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

I'm not sure who wrote the short introduction at the top of the Dukkha page of AccessToInsight.org but it is a very appropriate comment to your question: No single English word adequately captures ...
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How does the first noble truth associate dukkha with each of the five skandhas?

They are related to all aggregates. Birth is the arising of aggregates. Death is the disappearing of that which arose. Ageing is the changing in between. Sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & ...
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Good method to start finding the core values of Buddhism?

A good method to start finding the core values of Buddhism, @tuskiomi, is to start reading the Dhammapada (The Way of Truth). These are “Stanzas on Dhamma”, a popular collection of 432 pithy verses of ...
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How to explain what Buddhism is?

Do you ever try to explain Buddhism to someone who barely knows the first thing about it, and if so what is your strategy for how to explain it? I find this line of questioning to illustrate the ...
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