|Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Morning English Q&A 180121 (15:23-21:31)

If we want wisdom to arise from our observation of the worried mind (defilement), to learn about it, then the number one condition is that we are not doing it to have the happy mind. We are not observing so that we can become happy; we’re just observing the worried mind.

The mind wants happiness so much that the moment it hears of happiness, it wants it. Whenever I ask yogis why they meditate, and if they say they want peace or happiness, for sure, 100%, there’s going to be greed in the yogis’ practice. It’s the old habit of the mind that whatever it thinks as good (ie. Happiness), it becomes attached to it. So, the intentions can be very strong because there’s belief without investigation.

For people who enjoy music, when it stops, it makes us feel a little empty; that’s the indication of the attachment. I keep reminding yogis that the objective of meditation is not to find happiness or peace. It is an inevitable by-product of wisdom when it arises, but it is not the motivation or objective of meditation because then the happiness becomes the trap. When the yogis get entangled in the desire for happiness; it makes the whole practice difficult.