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Do Buddhists believe in love?

Of course! Practicing loving kindness for all beings is a cornerstone of the Buddhist philosophy. That kind of love is often compared to the love a mother feels for her child, which is not the same as the kind of love you fall into.  The kind of love you fall into is quite real, but it is also a result of a misunderstanding about the true nature of reality.  We all feel attachment and aversion for all sorts of things and people, and we become convinced that we will only be happy if we have the thing or person we desire, or if we avoid the things and people which we dislike, but it isn’t true.  True happiness happens when we can let go of desire and aversion, and feel complete loving kindness for all beings, not just the person you fall in love with.

 

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