The Dhammapada

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Alysse Johnson The Dhammapada Dreadful Desire The repetition of desire according to Buddhist beliefs will hinder one’s chances of attaining Nirvana, which is like enlightenment. Nirvana is the extinguishment of desire and the release from the endless cycle of reincarnation and into a state or place which is oblivious to pain or suffering. Once someone wants something they keep wanting more, and if they don’t get what they want and desire then they become unhappy. Continuous wanting and disappointments when those desires aren’t met is one of the main causes that inhibit a person from reaching a pure and calm state. This repetition of desire is represented by the poems in The Dhammapada by Gil Fronsdal. Not only the words about desire leading to more desire and causing unhappiness, but also the continuous repetition of lines in the poems represent that only when the want of desire ends is when Nirvana can be reached. I also found the repetition of wants to be described in a few children’s books called, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Pig a Party , which were both written by Laura Numeroff. All of these books show how one want, even one as small as a cookie, can lead to another and another. The children’s books, rather than The Dhammapada , just show more easily the endless cycle of desire; because at the end of each the mouse wanted another cookie and the pig wanted another party, thus starting the cycle all over again. Desire is an endless cycle and until someone has a strong enough mind to not want such worldly things then they cannot achieve pure happiness. Only when the cycle of wanting something, not getting it, being sad, and wanting it again ends, can Nirvana truly be reached. The Four Noble Truths are very evident in The Dhammapada , “Suffering, The arising of suffering, The overcoming of suffering, And the Eightfold Path. Leading to the end of suffering” . Reaching Nirvana is the end achievement of this book, and the main thing that needs to be recognized and overcome is desires. The second and third Noble Truths describe how wants
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Alysse Johnson The Dhammapada need to be understood and then set aside. Realizing that desire causes suffering is the second Noble Truth. It states that if you want something then you will always want more, so you can never be happy with what you have. From desire you will constantly want and desire more
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