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There is pleasure.
There is bliss.
Forgo the first to possess the second.

– The Buddha (Dhammapada)


5 Responses to “Pleasure Versus Bliss”

  1. Mary Goh 5 September 2010

    Yes. It would be great we could forego pleasure. But how?

  2. By keeping a Don’t know mind.

    Don’t know doesn’t mean don’t know. Don’t know means not abiding in thoughts that arises in the mind.

    When we are attached to pleasure, it is the same as aversion/resentment to suffering.

    When we free our mind without abiding, everything is what is. Sugar is sweet, salt is salty. Then we can use both pleasure or suffering to help our situation.

  3. Pleasure is alright… as long as we don’t cling to it… to the extent of not being willing to let it go when spiritual bliss awaits. Amituofo


  4. Pleasure is referring to personal gain and a slightest sense of serene in the process of meditation. Bliss is the wholesome or impartial compassion, tolerance and serenity.

  5. Pleasure = worldly happiness derived from external conditions.

    Bliss = spiritual happiness derived from internal conditions.


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