Is All Desire Bad?
Ajahn Dhammasiha is asked about desire/craving.
We all know that the Buddha has explained in the Four Noble Truths that craving is the cause of suffering. But how do we find the motivation to practise, if we let go of all desire?
Ajahn explains that we have to distinguish different form of desire. Only sensual desire, desire for existance, and desire for annihilation is the cause of suffering. But the desire to practise meditation, to learn the Dhamma, to be virtuous and generous - that desire ('chanda' in Pali) is wholesome, it is part of the path, and it should be deliberately cultivated.