Sunday, 28 March 2010

Looking for Meaning

As long as we insist that meditation must be meaningful, we fail to understand it. We meditate with the idea that we’re going to get something from it - that it will lower our blood pressure, calm us down, or enhance our concentration. And, we believe, if we meditate long enough, and in just the right was, it might even bring us to enlightenment.

All of this is delusion.

Steve Hagen, from “Looking For Meaning,” Tricycle, Fall 2003

Received as Daily Dharma from on the 12th of November 2009


Mañjuśrī's sword wielded by Steve Hagen! This is something I frequently remind myself of - stop trying to get something, stop trying to add meaning: just meditate. Or just eat. Or just do the dishes. Etcetera.

1 comment:

Barry said...

Nanyueh returns!