Buddhism Your Questions Answered (171 FAQ)

Q&A 25. Is the wish to go to heaven considered a desire?

Q: Master Lu, if we regard going to heaven as our ultimate goal, is this considered a desire?

A: 

  • Wishing to go to heaven is not considered a desire. Once you have attained a certain level of spiritual development, a desire will not constitute an element of greed. Desires can be good or bad. We are encouraged to have good desires and to eliminate bad desires such as craving for alcohol, lust, money, or getting your own way.
  • As human beings, when we wish to go to heaven and live as heavenly beings, these wishes are not desires. They are simply wishes.
  • Your wishes will elevate as your spiritual state rises.
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