Buddhism and Repetitions
Extract from Buddhism and Wheels

The Second Truth discusses the cause of Dukkha. Our life is influenced by pleasure and wanting. This is the prime cause of suffering or 'things not running smoothly'.

My understanding of Buddhism then differs from the normal view.

The normal view is that pleasure and wanting lead to attachment, and due to impermanence and change, attatchment leads to suffering.

I believe Buddha's new central idea (or one of them), was that pleasure and wanting lead primarily to repetitions. Simply: if something is pleasurable, we want to repeat it. Repetitions involve us in a timeline, they are not conducive to being now. And, once the repetitions start, once the wheels start turning; then they turn with their own karmic momentum.

Attachments are just one of the consequences of the repetitions.

Extract from Epilogue - Back to NEW LINKS - Part 3 Buddhist Summary