Mistaken MeaningOne mistake people often make when they begin practicing Buddhism, is taking all the teachings literally. In order to discover the true meaning behind the teachings, one must understand that much is lost in translation. For example, it is written that desire is the cause of suffering. This is simply not true. Desire is the driving force behind achievement. Without desire, there can be no advancement, and of course, no enlightenment. So, what word in the English language could be considered similar to desire, and carry a negative meaning? There are a few that fit into this category.
These are most likely closer to the word that the Buddha actually used in place of desire. Desire alone does not create pain in our lives, but when it is accompanied by one of these three emotions, it does. Desire is simply the drive to achieve something we want. Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are the cause of hatred tow