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  1. “Desire causes suffering” is yet another unfortunate case of misinterpretation, or careless translation. The original Pali leans more toward ‘craving’ and ‘obsession’ rather than mere ‘desire’. So yes, craving and obsession do cause suffering; while desire in itself is neutral.

    So change the word “desire” to “craving” or “obsessing” in the opening sentence and it WILL be easy to see; as follows:

    “Craving causes Suffering” goes the Noble Truth. Obsessing for a good grade, job, house for your family – does this cause suffering? The answer this time is a resounding “YES!”