The Cause of Suffering--samudaya
The principle cause of suffering is the attachment to "desire" or
"craving", tanha. Both desire to have (wanting) and desire
not to have (aversion).
The desire for sense pleasures manifests itself as wanting to have
pleasant experiences: the taste of good food, pleasant sexual
experiences, delightful music.
- desire for sense-pleasures--kama-tanha,
- desire to become--bhava-tanha,
- desire to get rid of--vibhava-tanha.
The desire to become is the ambition that comes with wanting
attaiments or recognition or fame. It is the craving to "be a
The desire to get rid of the unpleasant experiences in
life: unpleasant sensations, anger, fear, jealousy.
The clinging to desire comes from our experience that short-term
satisfaction comes from following desire. We ignore the fact that
satisfying our desires doesn't bring an end to them.