Kleshas and Tanhas

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Too often I hear that philosophy has no place in the modern world. How silly is that? We can use syllogisms and fallacies alone to disprove how that isn’t true! My perspective: I get bored fairly quick with the confinements of the West’s dualistic philosophic scope. There’s the right and wrong. Good and bad. Cartesian dualism screwed over Western thought. And the drive of philosophy is linear; innovation cannot thrive unless it has carefully read and understood the precepts of Western philosophy. That’s when I bump to theology. Oh yes, I wield a double-edged sword. Yes, there are a lot of similarities between Western philosophy and Abrahamic religions. But what about the other half of the world? The East? I have found the philosophy and theology there are heavily integrated. Much of my writing revolves on the comparing and contrasting of the two fields, how they influence our ethics and decision making, as well as their personal effects on me.

The title Kleshas and Tanhas refers to Eastern terms that are found both in Sanskrit and Pali. In Pantajli’s Yoga Sutra, there are five kleshas or afflictions. These are the causes of our suffering.

Tanhas refer to a craving or desire that we have. Together, the title implies that we have desires that consequently lead us to suffer. The blog focuses on social injustices that I have come across and find in need of reflection and attention. Specifically, our own desires have led us and others to suffer. Social inequalities did not appear out of the sky!



Written by Jack Viere

October 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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  1. I am going to stick around for awhile and see what you have to say. hugs, pat

    Pat Cegan

    November 14, 2011 at 7:31 am

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