Eight Worldly Desires



(or Eight Worldly Dharmas) A phrase from Buddhism referring to the desires we have in relation to (1) praise or (2) criticism, (3) hearing good or (4) bad news, having (5) gains or (6) losses, and having things (7) going well or (8) going poorly. Or:

  1. Feeling happy when acquiring mundane worldly reward
  2. Feeling unhappy when losing the desired reward
  3. Feeling happy when praised
  4. Feeling unhappy when criticized
  5. Feeling happy when having mental and physical well-being
  6. Feeling unhappy when not having mental or physical well-being
  7. Feeling happy when hearing pleasant things
  8. Feeling unhappy when hearing unpleasant things

Milarepa said, "I left my home and sought the solitude of the mountains but even there the eight worldly winds followed me. When I came to choose a cave I looked for one which was warm, dry and sheltered. The eight worldly winds were still blowing in my mind."

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