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Meditation is not something extraordinary

If we see divine lights and hear celestial sounds during meditation, but are unkind to others when we leave the cushion, our meditation practice is just fantasy.

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Meditation practice is not something extraordinary. Most of us eat every day, bathe every day, and sleep every night, because they are basic and necessary for our wellbeing. So is meditation. It gives us rootedness and emotional solidity. It allows us to maintain our centeredness —our peace— when faced with the constant challenges of daily life.

But it may take time to establish daily regularity. We can start with a modest, achievable goal: two or three times per week, and build on that. Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche used to say, to encourage whatever level of regular practice is possible at any given moment: “Seven days a week is optimal, but 6 days is better than 5, 5 is better than 4, 4 is better than 3, 3 is better than 2, 2 is better than 1, and 1 is better than none.”

Every action has consequences, and every cause produces effects. Over time, we will experience the results of our practice: the reduction and eventual elimination of attachment, aversion, and indifference. However, those results are not experienced necessarily during formal meditation, but rather in post-meditation, in everyday life.

If we find that we are more patient, kinder, and more compassionate, our meditation is successful. If we see divine lights and hear celestial sounds during meditation, but are unkind to others when we leave the cushion, our meditation practice is just fantasy.

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One response

  1. Buddhism and meditation should profoundly change your life. You are bang on!

    October 18, 2016 at 10:36 am

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