The single word 'love' can be used in many different ways. Buddhism teaches that it is extremely important to distinguish among its various meanings. 'love' as craving or sexual desire is one of the major causes of our suffering (Dukkha) and continued rebirth. On the other hand 'love' as totally selfless benevolence and compassion is one of the essential qualities of the minds of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. For further information on the latter, see the listing for compassion. The pasSages that follow speak of love as craving or sexual desire.
people who cherish love and desire do not see the way. It is just as when you stir clear water with your hand; those who stand beside it cannot see their reflection]]s. people who are immersed in love and desire have Turbidity in their minds, and because of it they cannot see the way . . . . When the filth of love and desire disappears, the way can be seen. (S42 40)
“1) love is like an unpaid debt. . . .
5) love is like a prostitute. . . .
7) love is like an infected sore. . . .