Using the Dhammapada, and its discussion of desire, and the dangers the desire poses, write an essay that comments on the impact that understanding the Buddhist notion of desire (and its understanding of salvation) has had on your sense of consumerism in American culture. Many advertisers in our country create the impression that happiness is intimately linked to the acquisition of goods. What would Buddhism say about that idea. Use at least three direct references to the primary text in your essay.

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