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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.

The Sutra in Forty-Two Sections says of love:

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)

. . . not satisfied with one delicious helping, [they] lick the honey off the blade of the knife, and so they cut their tongues. (S42 48)

nine Analogies for love

“1) love is like an unpaid debt. . . .

2) love is like a rakshasa]]-ghost woman. . . .

3) love is like a wonderful Lotus-Flower whose roots are hiding a poisonous snake. . . .

4) love is like a disagreeable food. . . .

5) love is like a prostitute. . . .

6) love is like a mleccha [i.e., 'barbarian']. . . .

7) love is like an infected sore. . . .

8) love is like a destructive wind. . . .

9) love is like a comet. . . .” (FAS Ch9 32-33)


1) Chinese: ai , tan ai , ai yu , 2) Sanskrit: trsna, 3) Pali tanha, 4) Alternate translations: thirsting, craving, sexual desire.

See Also: compassion, Twelvefold Conditioned Arising (Dependent Arising or Pratitya Samutpada or Twelve Links)*–karmic activity, five desiressex.

BTTS References: S42 40,48; FAS Ch9 32-34.

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