You cannot simply remove mental afflictions (kleshas), by saying to yourself, “I will not generate any more mental afflictions,” because you do not have the necessary freedom of mind or control over the kleshas that would allow you to do so. In order to relinquish these, you need to actually attain this freedom of mind, which begins, according to the common path, with the cultivation of tranquility.
from the book Teachings on the Practice of Meditation
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