Your question was raised long before by a certain brahmana:
"If that's so, Master Ananda, then it's an endless path, and not one with an end, for it's impossible that one could abandon desire by means of desire."
Read the whole story: SN 51.15
it is something to overcome. the Buddha is saying that you can in fact use desire to overcome it, "Whatever desire he first had for the attainment of arahantship, on attaining arahantship that particular desire is allayed."shinchan wrote:Ah, so vibhava tanha is actually necessary to eradicate the other two, after which is passes away of it's own accord. Hearing it like that makes it seem so obvious, I wonder how I could question it. I suppose the last link left me with the false impression that vibhava tanha was also something to be overcome but perhaps I was simply thinking of it in the wrong context.
so Buddhas and arhats still have motivations and desires (ie. lets help everyone), but since these things dont resemble any samsaric counterpart we basically cant call them desire and aversion.
5heaps wrote:so Buddhas and arhats still have motivations and desires (ie. lets help everyone)
his position is the historical position. for example at the center of wheel of life paintings there are 3 animals which represent ignorant liking (desire), ignorant disliking (aversion), and ignorance. ignorance is symbolized by a pig and the other 2 animals are supposed to be coming out of the mouth of the pigshinchan wrote:This is the only book I have ever seen it in and since then I have wondered about it's source. Did Kenneth Tanaka come up with it on his own or does it have a more traditional origin?
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