"Cravings as our companions"

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Sam Vara
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"Cravings as our companions"

Post by Sam Vara » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:57 am

Ajahn Thanissaro uses this metaphor in one of his articles;
The mind spends a lot of its time talking to itself and it can’t seem to get enough of the conversation. As
the Buddha said, we have our cravings as our companions, and so we’re talking with those companions all the
time
http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writ ... hatter.pdf
Our cravings as our companions - a lovely image, and can anyone recall a sutta where this or something similar is said?

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Re: "Cravings as our companions"

Post by culaavuso » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:03 am

Sam Vara wrote: Our cravings as our companions - a lovely image, and can anyone recall a sutta where this or something similar is said?
SN 35.63: Migajāla Sutta wrote: "There are sounds cognizable via the ear... aromas cognizable via the nose... flavors cognizable via the tongue... tactile sensations cognizable via the body... ideas cognizable via the intellect — agreeable, pleasing, charming, endearing, fostering desire, enticing — and a monk relishes them, welcomes them, & remains fastened to them. As he relishes them, welcomes them, & remains fastened to them, delight arises. There being delight, he is impassioned. Being impassioned, he is fettered. A monk joined with the fetter of delight is said to be a person living with a companion.

"A person living in this way — even if he frequents isolated forest & wilderness dwellings, with an unpopulated atmosphere, lying far from humanity, appropriate for seclusion — is still said to be living with a companion. Why is that? Because the craving that is his companion has not been abandoned by him. Thus he is said to be a person living with a companion.
Itivuttaka 15: Taṇhāsaṃyojana wrote: With craving his companion, a man
wanders on a long, long time.
Neither in this state here
nor anywhere else
does he go beyond
the wandering- on.
Knowing this drawback —
that craving brings stress into play —
free from craving,
devoid of clinging,
mindful, the monk
lives the mendicant life.

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Re: "Cravings as our companions"

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:09 am

Sam Vara wrote:can anyone recall a sutta where this or something similar is said?
  • Taṇhādutiyo puriso, dīghamaddhāna saṃsaraṃ,
    Itthabhāvaññathābhāvaṃ, saṃsāraṃ nātivattati.


    “A man accompanied by craving, wandering on for a long time in existence in this form or existence in that form, does not pass beyond wandering on.”
    (Suttanipāta, Dvayatānupassanā Sutta)
“Keep to your own pastures, bhikkhus, walk in the haunts where your fathers roamed.
If ye thus walk in them, Māra will find no lodgement, Māra will find no foothold.”
— Cakkavattisīhanāda Sutta

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Re: "Cravings as our companions"

Post by Sam Vara » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:36 pm

That's exactly what I was after. Many thanks to both of you.

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