Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The main problem in meditation

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According to the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, grasping is one of the barriers in meditation.
It does not however say, grasping what. But I think we all know what is meant -- the grasping of experiences -- having some sort of a pointer, a bookmark, a landmark or a level that one believes one has reached.
Constantly discussing what one experienced with others who are either having similar or more "awesome" experiences. A sort of kitty part of meditators:)
Referring to books and then mirroring one's experiences with what has happened to that author or hoping/praying/believing that one has had similar experiences.
Looking forward and looking backward to the "progress" in meditation.

The thing in meditation is to give up all such craving -- which is actually a sort of extroversion of the mind and complete opposite of introversion, though it pretends to be that!
And to realize that in Being, one cannot have a past or a future.It is just a state of mind that too, will pass.
"The real glory of meditation lies not in any method but in its continual living, experience of presence, in its bliss, clarity, peace and most important of all, complete absence of grasping. The diminishing of grasping in yourself is a sign that you are becoming freer of yourself. And the more your experience the freedom, the clearer the sing that the ego and the hopes and fears that keep it alive are dissolving, and the closer you will come to the infinitely generous "wisdom that realizes egolessness:" Sogyal Rinpoche

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