As one of the Three Poisons, desire plays a central role in the production of suffering. In fact, the Buddha says:
Of course, garden-variety desires (for a new iPod, car, flat-screen TV, wife, etc.) certainly produce suffering.
But the Buddha also describes a more pernicious aspect of desire that arises in relationship to the skandhas, or aggregates:
Over the next two weeks, I'll look more deeply into desire and the subtle ways it plays out in daily experience. Perhaps together we can reveal more about this I am.
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