Question: I cannot help regretting the lack of awareness. I have desire for
the arising of awareness. Can I tell myself not to have desire?
Answer: When you understand that desire counteracts progress there will be
conditions to stop wishing for results. Only intellectual understanding of the
teachings, acquired by reading, considering and discussing can condition
the arising of direct understanding, now or later on. There will be more
patience when we remember that awareness and understanding do not
belong to a self which can make them arise. Then, we can have the courage
to begin again and again to find out more about any reality appearing at this
- When is one backsliding?
- Clinging is an enslavement
- Does no-self not lead to fatalism?
- Would it not be better not to think?
- Why one has to learn to understand seeing and hearing?
- How can a beginner have right understanding of realities?
- Do you apply yourself to meditation?
- Is it not the self which performs deeds?
- What should one do to live according to the Buddhist teachings?
- What do you mean by understanding seeing as only a reality?