PadmaVonSamba wrote:You can wish for good things, positive experiences and so forth yet not be attached to them.
No you can't. Wishing is bondage. A mind conceiving a future is bondage.
Oh I am sorry. I didn't realize the context.
The original posts asks,
"What kind of method do you prefer in case of eradicating the famous obstructing thoughts of the:
mind of ego / karmic mind / the second mind / the mind of reincarnation / the mind of the wrong self?"
And my first thought was, "wishing that all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness,
to be free from suffering and the cause of suffering"
and then that reminded me of famous quote by Shantideva:
"All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness.
All those happy in the world are so because of their desire for the happiness of others".
So, perhaps the aspiration is not the problem, but that clinging
to aspirations and wishes is the problem,
because it produces all sorts of other types of ego trips, seeing oneself as a great Bodhisattva,
or as a good buddhist or whatever.
A skilled yogin, I think, can have these good wishes and then let them go,
understanding that hardship and good fortune are both empty,
A yogin is free to generate or not generate thoughts, because he is not obstructed by them.
So, to rely on, or perpetuate happy and blissful thoughts merely to keep one going is certainly a trap.
If you are saying that, I have no disagreement at all!
So, yes, of course, relying
on hopes and wishes for anything can be
If it solidifies the concept of subject and object, of the one wishing for happiness.
Every moment spent dwelling on what might or might be certainly does take one away
from the realization of "now" (which is all that occurs).
Even wanting this conversation to go a certain way is hoping for a favorable future.
That is why I am suggesting that hopes and wishes themselves are not the trap,
but that relying on them, clinging to them and solidifying them are the trap.
What do the Dzogchen teachings suggest?