see things as they are means not to fix, change, manipulate or control

|Kalaw Retreat Mar 2017 - Day 5 Discussion Group D (33:25-34:15)

Change doesn’t come because we want to change. Change happens when the ability to change happens.

The work is to see things as they are; not to fix things, or change things, or manipulate things, or control things. That’s not what the practice is about. The practice is about seeing the way things are. And when the understanding comes, then maybe something will change. Our work is just to be aware so that we can learn.