3rd Noble Truth: Ceasing of Craving Stops Suffering!
The blessed Buddha once said:
should dwell reflecting on all phenomena as mental states in the light
of these Four Noble Truths. How does one do so?
Here, one sees, understands, and knows this as it verily is:
1: All this and such is suffering!
2: Craving is the cause
of all suffering!
3: Absence of craving is therefore the ceasing of
4: This Noble 8-fold Way is the method to eradicate all suffering!
And what, monks, is the 3rd Noble Truth on the Ceasing of
It is the complete fading away, ceasing, elimination,
and eradication of all
It is the relinquishing release from craving, the detaching liberation from
And how is such freeing removal of craving, how is such ceasing
of craving gained?
Wherever in the world there is anything attractive and pleasant, it is right
and right then, on the spot, that this
craving is deliberately left behind
And what is there in this world, that is attractive and pleasant?
The eye, in this world, is attractive and pleasant, the ear, the nose, the
the body, the mind is attractive and pleasant, and there this craving ceases
gradually fades away. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, and mental
are attractive and amusing, and there this craving ceases bit by bit,
and thus stops.
Eye-consciousness, ear-consciousness, nose-consciousness,
body-consciousness, mental-consciousness in this world is attractive
and there this craving ceases and finally finishes.
nose-contact, tongue-contact, body-contact, mental-contact in this world is
attractive and tempting, and there this craving ceases and slowly
eye-contact, ear-contact, nose-contact, tongue- contact,
body-contact, mind-contact in the world is appealing
and fascinating, and
there this craving ceases and steadily dies.
The perception and experience of
sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles, and thoughts
is quite interesting
and there this craving ceases and grows dim.
hoping for certain sights, sounds, smells,
ideas, and mental states is enthralling and intriguing, and there this craving
dissolves itself. The craving itself, the
drive, push and rush for
sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles, and many mental-objects
in this world is
and seductive, and there this craving also ceases, and is progressively
Thinking of any sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, tangibles, and mental-objects in
world is attractive and tantalizing, there this craving ceases
and fades off drop by drop.
Prolonged pondering on certain sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tangibles
diversity of mental objects in this world is attractive and enticing,
and there this craving
also fades away, is stilled, ceases,
and is finally all
And that, Bhikkhus, is called the 3rd Noble Truth on the ceasing
The extinguishing of
the fire of
ceases all Suffering!
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Source (edited extract):
The Long Speeches of the Buddha.
Digha Nikāya. Book II
Thread: The Foundations of Awareness.