Posts Tagged ‘attachment’

When meditation is difficult

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Meditation is neither difficult nor easy. Sometimes it feels difficult and sometimes if feels easy. I actually find meditations leading up to the full moon more difficult. And those following easier. Why is that? I’m not sure.

Anyway, when we understand that difficult meditations can awaken us to our attachments they become a very interesting tool. That thought that won’t go away is asking to be embraced. By just sitting through a thought that is disturbing us we see just what our ego is gripping onto and see its fears and delusions so much more clearly. Surely that suits our purposes very much. Where is this identity that we’re mistakenly identified with based? Is this really me? Good questions. Experience compassion towards onesself, move beyond the questions and back to just sitting in awareness.

Mind you easy meditations are just as useful too. Stillness and clarity give us a taste of what we’re working towards. Like a reflection in the window. Yet the contrast highlights that we’re still coming and going. We let the easy meditations go too.

Whatever our experience in meditation, it is just experience; nothing more nor less. Don’t hold on to either because then they’re obsessions. One of the things we’re cultivating is the continuing ability of the mind to let go from moment to moment.

Just a thought. May you live in peace.

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Gemini Full Moon

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Learned Audience, in this system of mine one Prajna produces eighty four thousand ways of wisdom, since there are that number of ‘defilements’, wisdom reveals itself, and will not be separated from the Essence of Mind. Those who understand this Dharma will be free from idle thoughts. To be free from being infatuated by one particular thought, from clinging to desire, and from falsehood; to put one’s contemplation, and to take an attitude of neither indiffernece nor attachment toward all things – this is what is meant by realising one’s own Essence of Mind for the attainment of Buddhahood.

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Giving rise to bliss

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I have been intending to write about right view, but other things keep popping up. In a way this post is about right view, but I think it’s maybe a bit different from focusing on delusion. Instead it’s about focusing on suffering.

Personally, when I look back over the course of my life and I look at the suffering I have caused myself and caused others, I am not proud. Indeed I am humbled by it. I think a lot of time we ignore the suffering we are causing – both to ourselves and to others. Afterall, it is uncomfortable to think about it, especially when we like to think of ourselves as good people. (more…)

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