Lately, i'm finding myself very confused. I don't know whether i'm trying to learn new things to become a better person for myself and the world around me, or am i in fact just a ' hungry ghost' unable to satisfy my hunger. I do feel like i'm constantly searching for something, something which even i do not know what it looks like.

So, my question is; How can i tell if my efforts are for good, or that of an insatiable hungry ghost?

All help is welcome!


  • Stop learning and start meditating
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 19:31
  • So you don't know the answer then Ryan?
    – user476
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 19:42
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    If you are practicing insight meditation, that is, seeing things for what they are, this is wholesome. Even if unwholesome things arise: confusion, craving, etc, as long as you see them and know them as they are, this is wholesome. There's nothing wrong with being confused! At the very least, you KNOW you're confused, this is further than most people ever get!
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 21:28
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    Actually, hahah, confusion isn't the problem, it's the fact that i don't want to be confused, that is causing my pain and suffering!! hahah My pain and suffering is coming from my 'wanting' to not be confused!! haha As if i forgot that simple fact!! haha Thanks for your help. Sometimes i just need to air my views, then clarity sometimes presents itself!! It's a problem not having any Buddhists around me!
    – user476
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 21:40
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    sometimes all you need is some perspective :)
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 21:49

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If you are worried that your current karmic existence is, or is related to, that of a hungry ghost you should apply the proper antidote. In this case the proper antidote is practicing/developing the first paramita : generosity Doing such and being aware of your desires and the desires of others can help curb the feeling of constantly searching for some unknown thing.

As for how to know if your efforts are proper, or for good as you say, I'll turn you to the short and sweet lojung saying "Of the two witnesses, hold the principle one.

Try these things and meditate on them, see if they help, I hope they do. Remember, we all exist in this confusion together, you are not alone in this.

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