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n. (context Buddhism English) craving; desires.


is a Pāli word, related to the Vedic Sanskrit word and , which means "thirst, desire, wish". It is an important concept in Buddhism, referring to "thirst, desire, longing, greed", either physical or mental. It is typically translated as craving, and is of three types: kama-tanha (craving for sensual pleasures), bhava-tanha (craving for existence), and vibhava-tanha (craving for non-existence).

Taṇhā appears in the Four Noble Truths, wherein is the cause of dukkha (suffering, pain, unsatisfactoriness) and the cycle of repeated birth, becoming and death ( Saṃsāra (Buddhism)).

Tanha (TV series)

Tanha was an Indian television drama which aired on Star Plus from 1997-1999.It was a joint presentation of India and Pakistan and it included top Pakistani actors such as Sajid Hasan and Marina Khan.The lyrics for the title song were composed by Javed Akhtar and set to tune by Raju Singh. It was written by Haseena Moin, the writer of popular Pakistani television series like Dhoop Kinare, Tanhaiyaan and Ankahi.Tanha set a was a very popular drama and it received huge ratings.It was an Indo-Pak Drama and was enjoyed by the people of South Asia.