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IV, p. 420 ff. and Vin. I, 10 ff. 60 too, the word ‘tanhà’ has been used to denote craving that causes grasping or clinging leading to repeated existence. ‘Tanhà’ is a very significant word in both Buddhist philosophy and psychology. It is charged with religious emotion and delineates the causal genesis of suffering and the psychological aspect of entire human behaviour. As the first of the three roots of evil, the word ‘lobha’ or ‘raga’ denotes craving, hatred (dosa) and delusion (moha) being the remaining two of the three roots of evil.

Because of the scientific methodology followed by the Buddha in the first sermon, the Cambridge psychologist Thouless says that it is very much like a modern lecture on bacteriology. Wherein the disease, the cause of the disease by the multiplication of bacteria and viruses in the bloodstream 53 and then the cure and destruction of the invading bacteria and viruses by injecting antibiotics and other medicinal substances to the, bloodstream of the patient is explained. 33 The Buddha’s approach to suffering and its remedy was so rational and convincing that a later Indian philosopher, too, followed the same methodology of analysis in order to explain the cyclic existence of beings.

5 34. Vis. XVI, p. 87 54 imagery of healer and medicine has been drawn to illustrate the Buddha and the doctrine. ” 35 Thus the therapeutic approach is an appreciative quality particular to the doctrine preached by the Buddha. Is Buddhism Pessimistic? The word ‘dukkha’ denotes and connotes the totality of our existence. However there are some writers, disturbed by the fact of ‘dukkha’ being discussed as the First Noble Truth in Buddhism, incline to hold the wrong view that Buddhism is pessimistic in outlook from the very beginning.

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