Hi Alex,Alex123 wrote:Maybe revulsion to counteract craving is equal in force to craving so that net result is zero.Ñāṇa wrote:There are a number of Buddhist practices which include developing revulsion toward things that induce craving and clinging. E.g. the list of perceptions described in AN 7.46 (AN 7.49 in NDB). If developing dislike and revulsion in this way required developing anger, then these practices would be unskillful and never result in liberation.Alex123 wrote:Dislike and anger both push away or reject something.
Example: Lets say that craving is 5 units of force to the left. If one develops 5 units of force to the right (anger) then the net result is zero.
Or to put it in another way: -5 + 5 = 0
I think it is important to distinguish between 1. a mind overcome by aversion, which is clearly unskilful, and 2. intentionally bringing forth a fabrication - the perception of foulness - with the wholesome underlying intention of abandoning sensual desire. Both the state of mind, and the motivation are different here, aren't they?
So it's not through aversion that we counter greed, it's through seeing the object of our greed in a different way.
(The above was according to my current understanding; someone kindly correct it if there is any inaccuracy.)