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what is craving according to buddha teachings?

according to buddha, what is craving of forms , becoming and unbecoming that all create sufferings.
I m working in IT, i want to become higher level so i work hard and eager to know more information and knowledge to get it.
Is this craving of becoming or forms according to buddha? if so how could i become greater in life to earn more to serve my family.
What is wrong with expecting good thing happens and pleasant taste on food to eat when i m starving.
are these all craving that we should stop ? Please anyone answer.and one more
Why did buddha eat poisoned/decayed food which he may know it will kill him ? is it not dhamma to consume poisoned food to the natural body ? where dhamma stands in that?

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no_1_1950
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The previous contributions pretty much have it. To simplify and make it relevant, craving is a distortion. Craving occurs when we wish to approach pleasure or avoid pain. Both pursuits often cause great desperation and make us do things that we normally would not. Example: if we play a video game and get a really high score (and feel happy and proud) then we tend to keep playing to repeat the experience. Eventually we get tired and start losing. This frustrates us, so we put down the game in disgust. Here one first approached pleasure so desperately that it caused… Read more »

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Buddha taught for two objectives: 1) for liberation (ending of rebirth), and 2) for better rebirth. Ending all cravings are meant for objective 1. As a lay person, we typically start with objective 2, only to proceed to higher objective 1 when we are ready. For objective 1, you need not give up all craving, only give up those that are unwholesome and thus gives bad karma — e.g. illegal actions, actions against the five precepts etc. Why did Buddha east poisoned food? My speculations: 1) Buddha already announced the he would enter nirvana 3-month earlier. 2) The one who… Read more »

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Craving is our attachment to sensory objects and is indeed the cause of much of our suffering. Buddha offered a plan to end our suffering called the Eight-fold Path, including right mindfulness and right view.

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Buddha is a mere man, his teaching shall not give you eternal life. Turn away from such idols and seek the living GOD my friend.