Digest of terms


a universal human feeling, as real as any physical hunger pang, that wants ever more in life than is presently enjoyed. It 'can't get no satisfaction'. It is sometimes referred to as greed - in Christian tradition one of the seven most dangerous sins; here it is usually understood in such material terms as food, drink and physical excess or wealth. More distinctively it is the term used by Buddhists - tanha - to characterise an even deeper sense of dissatisfaction, one which is diagnosed as being at the root of suffering and indeed endemic to general human (and animal) existence. Learning to become distanced from it is the road to true happiness, nirvana.

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