Friday, January 11, 2008

Causes of Suffering

Interpersonal Hunger is Gregory Kramer's coining of the Second Noble Truth in this book. He includes the elements listed below in his discussion of the causes of suffering. He is sharing traditional teachings applied to contemporary living in a very practical and understandable way.

Study the headings before working with the chapter. What do you already know about these? Think of your own personal experiences in relationship to the headings. Do you have any experiences like those you think he might discuss here? Consider changing each item into a question and writing your own answer.

Clinging to Hunger Causes Suffering

Three Basic Hungers

Forming the Relational Self

The Hunger for Pleasure and the Urge to Avoid Pain

The Hunger to Be and the Fear of Nonbeing

The Hunger to Avoid Being, and the Fear of Being Seen

The Hungers Intermingled

The Energy That Drives Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

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