The Four Truths
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I.iving as he did among impressions that are too blatant to be nice, the Indian ascetic found little difficulty in abandoning the world of the five senses. But retired to a cool and shady spot he would seek solace in the purer joys of metaphysic. To this Gotama objected that thereby one merely extended one's quinquesensual world of perception to one of six senses, and he showed his followers that the fundamental error is desire-attachment. 'This Dhamma that I teach you,' he told his disciples in so many words, 'even that must you discard on approaching the goal. It is desire-attachment itself that is the fault, be it desireattachment for the Buddha, the Dhamma or the Sangha.'