The mind likes to form and rationalize many things when deluded and ignorant, one of such things it would devise is: Suffering is not caused by
desire. Suffering is caused by desire and much more, suffering is not that simple or cut and dry... which is the reasoning for this post, to help
clarify how suffering arises.
The following post focuses on the 12 links in the chain of causation(Nidanas); which are found on the outer rim of the Bhavachakra.
The Bhavachakra is one of the earliest pictorial representations of the path of Buddhism; it is also known as the wheel of life:
The 12 Nidanas:
Avidya – Ignorance and delusion
Samskara – Volitional formation; consciousness directing thoughts to create and form ideas / plans
Vijnana – Volitional movement that animates the body
Namarupa - Name and form, the world as you consciously know it
Sadayatana - Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and thought
Sparsa - Sensations of the senses: Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and thought
Vedana - Emotions; feelings the senses bring, positive / negative / neutral
Trsna - Desire, craving to and for the things sensed and thought
Upadana - Grasping, clinging, and attachment to and for the things sensed and thought
Bhava – Continuity of life and death, conditioned by attachment to: Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and thought, the desire for further life
and sensation continues
Jati – Birth the result of karma from attachments built from previous desire and craving
Jaramarana – Old age and / or death; the inevitability of being born
For clarity of how these work together: (Out of ignorance and delusion) a person (creates and forms ideas and plans) then they (put these plans and
ideas born out of ignorance and delusion into action) in the (world as they experience and know it) from them (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting,
touching, and thinking about it) because they are (attached to the sensations) and (mental feelings and emotions both good and bad and indifferent)
from these experiences they have (desires and cravings for) then they (grasp, cling and attach) themselves to the cycle of (life and death) being
attached to all of this, there is more (birth) after (old age and death) then the cycle begins again being born back into (ignorance and delusion)
A real world example:
A person sitting around thinks or feels: "I don't have a relationship" so they rationalize why a relationship would be good or bad for them. They
decide a relationship would be good, so they go out and try to find a relationship, they meet someone with all the sensations involved, if they like
the over all sensations and so does the other, a relationship is formed. Out of more desire and duty they form more plans and ideas and carry them
out, the other person may not like some of these plans and decide to leave, the person desiring and craving the other person grasps after them and
changes their mind about the plans, the person says OK I'll stay but consult me first if you want me happy this leads to common plans and eventually
they bring a child into the world, this child is now in this world from its past grasping at life, and will start forming plans out of it's and others
ignorance and delusions experiencing the world as the parents did and also grow old and die, something the child itself will inevitably do at some
Relationship can be replaced with anything else; that has a name and form or fabrication the mind can develop, like wanting a car, or whatever else.
These formations from want, desire, and attachment build karma, they disturb the present moment. But having a body and being alive, it is impossible
to stop this process completely while alive, you must eat, breathe, and remove waste, in order to continue living. Training the mind to not form ideas
and plans to manipulate the world that brings ourselves and others suffering will lead to non attachment to being trapped this cycle of being so one
can avoid taking birth again.
This is the cycle of life known as suffering in the Buddhist context. For more information on the above or understanding the rest of the wheel and
information to a that breaks the chains of causation to a way out, explore the terms: Bhavachakra, and Buddhism or click this link:
Thank you for reading and I hope this brings clarity, illumination and less suffering to the path; you've chosen or have yet to.
18-9-2013 by BigBrotherDarkness because: (no reason given)