Desire (chanda)
Alternative translations: Interest
Parent topic: Bases of Success
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Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2013

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11. “Is the pursuit of peace, cessation, stillness any different from any other pursuit or desire?” [Tranquility] [Cessation] [Desire]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 41Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 3, 2014

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6. “How does one cultivate self-supervision?” [Ajahn Chah] [Desire] [Self-reliance] [Postures] [Continuity of mindfulness] // [Mindfulness of body] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Mindfulness of breathing]

Quote: “The body is like a mirror for the different moods and state of the mind as we're experiencing things.” [Similes] [Mindfulness of mind]

Follow-up: “I try to practice body awareness when my mind is being supervised...” [Long-term practice] [Ajahn Sucitto]

Sutta: MN 10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta [Right Mindfulness]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 46Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 10, 2014

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10. “How can we interest the mind in the recollection of death?” [Recollection/Death] [Desire] // [Mindfulness of breathing] [Sickness] [Death] [Poo Jum Gom] [Mindfulness of body] [Sense of urgency]


Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 58Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 28, 2014

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5. “In my desire to get to the “heart of it” I find part of my mind really wants this, but another part of my mind is not going along with the program. How do I keep myself on the Path?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Jotipālo. [Desire] [Simplicity] [Volition] // [Suffering] [Cessation of Suffering] [Impermanence] [Cessation] [Upasikā Kee Nanayon]

Follow-up: “The experience of arising and disbanding isn't yet practical for me. I need something more operational.” [Tranquility]

Simile: Making a fire flare up or die down (SN 46.53). — Ajahn Pasanno. [Factors of Awakening] [Energy] [Mindfulness]


Mindfulness of Breathing, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 26, 2014

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8. “How can we balance happiness and ease with the desire to accomplish something using meditation techniques?” [Meditation/General advice] [Happiness] [Desire] [Middle Path] // [Recollection/Dhamma] [Hearing the true Dhamma]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 15Ajahn Pasanno – Jan. 24, 2015

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4. “Can you speak about the roots of wholesome and unwholesome desire?” [Energy] [Desire] [Becoming] [Skillful qualities] [Unskillful qualities] // [Discernment] [Right Effort] [Learning] [Ajahn Chah]

Sutta: AN 10.58.

Reference: Listening to the Heart by Kittisaro and Thanissara (commercial).


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 16Ajahn Pasanno – Jan. 25, 2015

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3. “Why doesn't the passage (SN 47.7) mention obsession with painful objects?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Desire] [Aversion] [Right Mindfulness]


Desire or Aspiration, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 14, 2015

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1. “Was the Buddha's life so miserable that he kept thinking about all these ideas? Where did his motivation come from?” [Buddha/Biography] [Suffering] [Desire] [Monastic life/Motivation] // [Western psychology] [Rebirth] [Spiritual search]


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3. “I've been confused between intention and desire. For me, desire arises from non-conceptual craving.” [Volition] [Craving] [Desire] [Language] // [Cause of Suffering] [Right Effort] [Happiness] [Kamma] [Pāli]


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4. “Are all manifestations of desire and motivation ultimately a desire for happiness or are there motivations for truly negative things?” [Desire] [Craving] [Volition] [Happiness] [Unskillful qualities] [Nature of mind] // [Ill-will] [Fear] [Discernment]


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8. “What to do when you have a lot of freedom in your mind, but in your body you're stuck with a bad habit?” [Desire] [Liberation] [Heart/mind] [Form] [Habits] [Craving] // [Direct experience] [Meditation/Techniques] [Language] [Mindfulness of breathing]


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11. “Is sexuality and wanting an intimate connection with another considered a negative desire?” [Sensual desire] [Relationships] [Desire] [Unskillful qualities] // [Food] [Clear comprehension] [Compassion] [Selfishness] [Discernment] [Precepts] [Trust]

Quote: “It's not so much a matter of thwarting desire, but understanding how desire works so we can build those bonds of trust and care.”


Desire or Aspiration, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 14, 2015

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3. “A lot of my life has been based on guilt, punishment, achievement, feeling driven, and perfectionism. Recently I experienced the reverse of this. Perfectionism is mixed up with wholesome desire. Could you respond?” [Guilt/shame/inadequacy] [Judgementalism] [Idealism] [Desire] [Contentment] // [Discernment] [Self-identity view] [Human]

Story: Ajahn Pasanno can't translate the question 'How do I work with guilt?' into Thai. [Ajahn Paññānanda] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Language] [Culture/West] [Culture/Thailand] [Suffering]


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4. “I've heard 'not being in control' as a description of anatta. In relation to desire, do we really have any choice or free will in the context of Buddhist understanding?” [Not-self] [Desire] [Volition] [Nature of the cosmos] // [Kamma] [Clear comprehension] [Right Effort]


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5. “Do we have any control over the arising of desire?” [Volition] [Desire] // [Cause of Suffering] [Relinquishment] [Four Noble Truths] [Cessation of Suffering] [Cessation] [Pāli]


Buddhist Identity in the Modern WorldAjahn Pasanno – Aug. 15, 2015

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17. “What is the right point to drop or ignore the desire to identify with the Buddhist identity?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Relinquishment] [Desire] [Self-identity view] [Buddhist identity] // [Suffering] [Perfectionism] [Clear comprehension] [Conventions] [Ajahn Chah] [Right Effort]


Jhāna: A Practical Approach, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 10, 2015

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11. Comment: This wanting mind becomes doing something... [Desire] [Jhāna]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Feeling] [Craving] [Ardency] [Happiness] [Tranquility] [Mindfulness of body]


2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 25, 2015

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15. “Can you clarify the difference between desire and intention? It seems that either could lead to suffering due to attachments to the results. Yet we are encouraged to have intentions for well-being, health, happiness, etc. Isn't our intention also a desire?” [Desire] [Volition] [Clinging]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 20, 2016

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1. “Isn’t desire needed for lay life, starting a family, a business etc? And what about polio? Would there be things like a vaccine for polio without desire? Did the Buddha have something else in mind?” [Desire] [Health care]


Teen Weekend 2017Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 2, 2017

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15. “What was your greatest desire as a kid?” [Ajahn Pasanno] [Desire] // [Monastic life/Motivation] [Truth]


The Teaching and the Training, Session 11Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 29, 2018

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5. “I was reading the book Hooked about desire, consumerism, and society. The author writes about the desire to know things. How does the desire to know relate to practice?” [Desire] [Monastic life] // [Cause of Suffering] [Cessation of Suffering] [Bases of Success] [Sensual desire] [Craving]

Sutta: SN 51.15: The path has an end. [Great disciples] [Desire]


The New Ajahn Chah Biography, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Apr. 21, 2018

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14. “When you find happiness, there's the hope that you won't lose it and the fear that you will. How do you peel away the hope and the fear and bathe in happiness?” [Happiness] [Desire] [Fear] [Impermanence] // [Suffering] [Learning] [Relinquishment]


The Path of Practice, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 16, 2019

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8. Comment: Yesterday you differentiated between chanda and taṇhā. Nature has always had a strong attraction for me, and I was uneasy because I thought this was a kind of craving. Three or four years ago, Ajahn Tiradhammo gave a talk and I asked him about this. He said, 'Don't worry about it. There's good craving and bad craving.' Your teaching has clarified this for me. [Desire] [Craving] [Culture/Natural environment] [Ajahn Tiradhammo] [Gratitude]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Happiness] [Ajahn Viradhammo] [Animal]


Love, Attachment, and Friendship, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 12, 2019

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6. Comment: There are two knds of desire, chanda (good) and taṇha (bad). [Desire] [Craving] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Goodwill] [Clinging] [Generosity] [Teaching Dhamma]


Stanford Community Dhamma DiscussionAjahn Pasanno – Apr. 25, 2020

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8. “You mentioned that ruminating on how one would like to change the world or the conditions around oneself can be a source of needless suffering. But there are times when one does want to work to change the world or the way society is organized for the sake of lovingkindness and alleviating suffering. How do we engage with those desire for change in a skillful way?” [Politics and society] [Suffering] [Desire] [Goodwill] [Compassion] [Skillful qualities] [Activism] // [Conditionality] [Self-identity view] [Conflict] [Poverty] [Judgementalism] [Aversion] [Culture/Thailand] [Environment] [Idealism]

Quote: “If one is going to commit oneself to change, one has to get used to looking at things from a big perspective, a perspective of 'How do we include rather than exclude?'” [Community]

Quote: “You want to approach a particular problem with an open a mind as possible and then see who might be willing and able to help.”