Talk: Taṇha – Craving for Existence

We had a lot of friends join for the Uposatha program last night. Marking the occasion, Tahn Pamutto offered a reflection on one of the central aspects of the Buddha’s definition of what causes stress in our lives: Taṇha, or Thirst. Starting at the reality of our lives and the tangible experience of loss, he tracks it back through the steps of Dependent Origination to the place where it arises, namely, the craving and identification with experiences that are pleasant, painful, and neutral.