Dhamma Letter No. 9
Q&A No. 4
Q. Why should we not allow our 'approval' or 'likes' to guide our practice (e.g. sleeping in the morning and meditating after you have taken care of chores)?
Nothing is fixed. Everything is dependent on conditions.
'Approval' and 'likes' strengthen desire in the practice and cause anger if that which you 'approve' or 'like' are not developed to a point of satisfaction or expectation. Our mind is tricky. We practice as a means to control the mind, not to tilt it to one side or the other. Be in the Middle Way.
Additionally, 'likes' and 'dislikes' are one and the same in regard to their result. Why is this the case? Anicca! Impermanence! The mind is changing all the time.
Neither how long you sleep in the morning nor the time you meditate can ever be fixed. It will always depend on what you have done and what you will do. Oftentimes, following your natural inclinations will set the ideal conditions.
May all accumulate the Paramīs and accomplish their own wishes!
May all beings be happy and well through the practices in this very life!
Buddha Sāsanaṁ Ciraṁ Tiṭṭhatu!
May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
Bhavatu Sabba Sotiṁ ca Maṅgalaṁ ca!!
May everyone be led on the path of peace and blessing!!
Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu !
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