Meditation ain’t about Escape. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 5, 2008
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“The Buddha taught that to wake up from the dream of bewilderment and suffering, we first need to sit still and take a deep breath.  Peaceful abiding is that deep breath, a way to strip away the chaos of bewilderment and find some basic sanity.  But peaceful abiding is only the beginning of the spiritual journey.  Simply withdrawing into the stability of our own minds could turn meditation practice into just another way to shop for pleasure.  Instead, with this healthy sense of self we can look more deeply into the meaning of our being.  We can take meditation further by using insight, vipashyana in Sanskrit, to reflect accurately on our own experience and on the nature of existence.”  –Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Turning the Mind into an Ally 


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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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