The Riddle of Desire: What Makes You Itch?

A group of students once approached Buddha and said “Sir, we suffer terribly.” Buddha naturally replied “Is it not true that you suffer because you desire? See if you could do without desire.” And so all the students tried, day and night and as they might, to calm their desires, to eradicate any notion of craving, of yearning, of wanting from their lives — to no avail. The students came back to the Buddha and said…