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Pleasure and wanting lead to repetitions.
Once the repetitions start, they keep repeating.

This essay summarises my understanding of Buddhism. The following essay develops this, gives references, and compares it to normal Buddhism.

The First Truth

The correct understanding of Dukkha is central to Buddhism. The First Truth tells us what Dukkha is. These days Dukkha is commonly understood as 'suffering'. ancient wooden spoked wheel

In Buddha's time the word Dukkha was used to describe when a wheel was not turning smoothly on its axle. In those days the wheels squeaked and wobbled, and the hub needed constant maintenance in order to run smoothly.

The hub of the ancient wooden spoked wheel symbolises almost perfectly, how life wobbles, and sometimes starts grinding or gets twisted and blocked.

Dukkha describes how our existence is not running smoothly.

Why is it Dukkha? What is not running smoothly? The process: manifest form, sensation, perception, concepts and consciousness is not running smoothly. How we experience the world.

The First Truth tells us: Our sensory apparatus is not running smoothly.

The Second Truth

The Second Truth discusses the cause of Dukkha. Our life is influenced by pleasure and wanting. This is the prime cause of 'things not running smoothly'.

If something is pleasurable, we want to repeat it. Repetitions involve us in a timeline, they are not conducive to being now. And, once the repetitions start, once the wheels start turning; then they turn with their own karmic momentum, they keep repeating.

Extreme forms of wanting like craving, have extreme consequences like suffering; but the basis of this is that wanting leads to repetition.

Please continue with Buddhism, Wheels and Repetitions – Long Version
Or go direct to The Middle Way and Panoramic Sensing

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