Purify one's mind
- Dear Venerable Sirs,
Not to do evil, to cultivate merit, to purify one's mind ....
How to purify one's mind? How to eliminate greed,hatred and delusion?
Aren't we born with it?
- If we don't have any desire or defilement at all we won't take rebirth
again, so yes, we are born with desire, and because of it. The aim of
the Buddha's teaching is to purify one's mind and put an end to
The Visuddhimagga (The Path to Purity) describes the threefold
training in morality, concentration, and wisdom, which leads to the
purification of the mind and liberation from suffering.
The Satipatthana Sutta also starts by stating, "This, monks, is the
only way for the purification of beings, for the transcendence of
grief and lamentation, for the extinction of pain and sorrow, for
attaining the right method, for the realisation of nibbana. Namely,
the four foundations of mindfulness."
If it were not possible to uproot greed, hatred, and delusion, the
Buddha would not have taught this path to do it. If ignorance was not
so deeply rooted in living beings, they would all strive to realise
nibbana, and soon put an end to suffering. However, ignorance is very
subtle and difficult to see, let alone to remove. One should seek out
a teacher, and study the Dhamma carefully to find the right path.