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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What do Birth, Age, and Death mean in the first noble truth?

Here, "X is subject to birth, aging... illness... death... sorrow... defilement" - means that X has beginning and end, that X changes with time and slowly falls apart, that X depends on external ...
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Is there such a thing as craving for enlightenment and would it be unwholesome?

A strong craving (Taṇhā) for enlightenment would not get you there as it is unwholesome. You need some desire or motivation (Chanda) to get to enlightenment. But when you get there this desire is ...
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

I think the closest fit to dukkha in English is the word 'discontent'. The essential idea behind dukkha is a mismatch between what is and what ought to be. To use the classic examples, we think we ...
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What is meant by 'dukkhe loko patiṭṭhito'?

To understand what this means, we must first understand what "world" means in context. "World" in this context, refers to the world of mental formations. Please read "What is ...
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