The Purpose Of Meditation~ March 2nd.

Via on Mar 2, 2011

“The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death…

Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity; meditation, on the other hand, is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being, beyond all our habitual patterns. Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression, in competing, grasping, possessing, and achieving, forever burdening ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations. Meditation is the exact opposite. To meditate is to make a complete break with how we “normally” operate, for it is a state free of all cares and concerns, in which there is no competition, no desire to possess or grasp anything, no intense and anxious struggle, and no hunger to achieve: an ambitionless state where there is neither acceptance nor rejection, neither hope nor fear, a state in which we slowly begin to release all those emotions and concepts that have imprisoned us into the space of natural simplicity.” ~from The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

Here is the man himself explaining the purpose of meditation…

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