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Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai Washington D.C., U.S.A. December 27, 1997 (Originally in English) The meditation is important, but the theoretical teaching is also important. Make sure, at least, that you read or listen to the teachings of the Master every day. And there is a lot to learn from the past and present Masters. You also should keep some theoretical teaching in your mind, to control the mind. That is for the mind only; the soul does not need that. So every time you encounter some problem or your bad habit, you should read the teachings of the Master, and that will tame your mind to a great extent. You must read or listen to good teachings and noble dharma every day, not only sit in meditation. Otherwise, you won't know why you sit in meditation. You won't know the purpose, and you won't get good results. Your heart will not long for it. Your mind will not be peaceful enough so that you can enter samadhi and have a real, real, good wisdom afterward. Suppose you do all these and you meditate every day, but you still think you have a bad habit or you still think you are too attached to this and that. Then it's all right, don't worry. You have tried your best; at least your conscience is tranquil, and you will grow out of these bad habits in time.
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