Have right view before watching defilements

| USA Spirit Rock 2015 Retreat Morning Instructions Day 8 (09:20-11:23)

Whenever we’re going to be aware of defilements, right view and right thought about the defilements and how you observe the defilements is very important. (Remember the mantra: This is nature and there’s awareness of this nature.)

The objective of the observing is not to make defilements go away; we are observing to understand its nature, not to fix it or solve it. We’re studying the nature and habits of these different qualities of mind, their functions and the way they work. We’re not observing the story that they are perpetuating.