Q: What is the relationship between emotion and awakening?
I once thought that emotion somehow went away when one woke up, and was replaced by constant bliss, or something like that. Pretty silly, now that I think of it. But I think that belief was encouraged by some teachers who seem to look upon emotional states as illusory. My experience is that I definitely still experience emotion -- both positive and negative. What seems to have changed is my judgments about emotion. There seems to be an allowance for all kinds of feelings. So-called "negative feelings," such as sadness, don't have to be gotten rid of. In a way, I can just enjoy them as part of existence, in the same say that we experience the sad emotions in a work of art as enjoyable.