2 Day Workshop
Tuesday, October 18 & Wednesday, October 19
$25 each | Hybrid
Buddhist teachings commonly explore the relationships between desire, craving, and suffering, and advise a variety of approaches for confronting these challenging experiences. Interestingly, the term desire (kāma) goes unmentioned the Buddha’s earliest sermons, such as the Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, which teach that craving (tṛṣṇā), leading to grasping, is the cause of suffering.
In the scripture known as the Udānavarga, the Buddha warns acutely against the hazards of desire—such as ignorance, harmful acts, and further entanglement in saṃsāra—which hinder the cultivation of ethics, meditation, and wisdom.
In this workshop, we will investigate the distinction between desire and craving, using as our guide this lyrical but poignant scripture. Together we will aspire to a more constructive understanding of these powerful psychological states and their complex relationship to spiritual development.