Don’t ‘practise’ for 50 years only to have marginally lower cortisol levels after you’re done.
Your nervous system is trained during meditation. Not because it produces less stress, but so it can contain a consciousness potent enough to perceive the absolute truth. The phrase “your body is a temple” actually refers to this. You must have awareness that is so fine it can never be entirely expressed if you want to be able to comprehend things that no book could ever properly express. There are various ways to train yourself to achieve this condition; it is up to you to determine which method is most effective for you. One thing, though, is definite. You’re going to need to learn a lot straight from other people’s experience. Finding an instructor isn’t always necessary because many of us aren’t truly prepared for it. Instead, think of it as:
- Being aware of how and why to practise (internalising the proper perspective).
- Having the necessary skills (i.e., learning from the examples of the past greats).
I hope what follows will point you in that path. In Asia, the word “meditation” does not exist. The word “meditation” is derived from the Latin verb meditari, which means “to think or reflect upon, consider, design, purpose, or intend.” And it all has to do with the human mind’s exterior. Maybe that’s why there aren’t any live Buddhas coming out of America. With the right terminology comes the right perspective.
The word “sadhana,” which originated in Sanskrit, has been used for millennia in India, Tibet, and Mongolia to refer to certain practises that one engages in on a daily basis to advance their mindstream towards enlightenment. This gets rid of mental disorders like laziness, overexcitement, grasping, and aversion and reveals our genuine selves beneath all the layers of its transient ego-elements.
Sanskrit’s word for “practise” in a yogic setting is abhyasa. Its first meanings are “near” (abhi) and “persevere” (yasa). Literally, this means to consistently keep a particular item close to one’s mind or lifestyle. To put it another way, practise makes perfect.
The Pali word primarily associated with the Buddha’s usage of the phrase “clearly seeing reality” is vipassana. The words “special” or “distinct” (vi) and “seeing” (pasyanti) are found in its etymology. By using this type of meditation, we can learn to perceive things as they actually are rather than as we might otherwise imagine them to be based on prior experiences.
The Sanskrit word for growing or nurturing is bhavna. Bhava frequently alludes to experience, while the word’s root, bha, implies to shine or emit. All of this is done to cultivate a particular way of being in us, like unwavering love.
Gom, which means “familiarisation,” is a Tibetan word. Learning something, keeping it in your memory, thinking about it through testing and application, and then mastering it through repeated exposure to it are all important steps.
A historical example of meditation’s false security King Yeshe- of Tibet witnessed the complete disaster that two centuries of importing Buddhist doctrines had produced in the 900s. unauthorised “teachers” were appearing everywhere, monks were getting married, and Indian texts were being misinterpreted and misapplied. Despite being held captive by a rival king, the King offered his weight in money to admit one scholar to his realm as opposed to releasing himself. Atisha, the most esteemed scholar-saint in India’s monastic universities, agreed to make the difficult trek to Tibet after learning this.
The importance of ethical vows as the cornerstone of the journey was a major theme in his teaching after he arrived. The “meditation” that the King had introduced into his nation was already in use. He already had access to all the fanciful, exotic “techniques.” However, conflict, internal strife, deceit, inequality, and bad luck continued to afflict Tibet. It was intended to be a time of spiritual change, but it wasn’t. Meditation wasn’t sufficient.
This might resemble the contemporary West. But closer examination reveals that there is in fact no comparison.
There is only a sophisticated mechanism of cherry-picking and appropriating the Dharma from East to West; there is neither formal nor informal “transmission” occurring. The actual Dharma, according to Robert Thurman, a highly trained and knowledgeable scholar of Buddhism in the West, hasn’t even made it thus far. The way we react with “yuck! be more productive!” at the mere suggestion of constructing a monastery or nunnery for full-time meditators is a clear sign of this. Not that what is happening is morally repugnant or evil. It is just misguided.
The instruction isn’t coming through either, though, as a result of the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese Communist Party, the ongoing spiritual infrastructure rebuilding in India, and the postmodern identity problem that is afflicting Japan. We must make an effort to instill the authenticity and seriousness that teachers would ordinarily instill in us if there were any formal role models available.
Eliminate the gimmicks that can be sold.
Don’t hold back from pursuing the permanent transformation into happiness and clarity that every human mind is capable of. The diversions are numerous, and life is short. And modernism will convince you that nothing is sacred and that everything is secular. But the ancients, who saw no conflict between science and spirituality, would be yelling their heads off to rouse America up if they could. The universe is sacred to them, so they believe, in their view. simply due of the awakening’s potential for beauty, love, and insight. You should respect and honour your holy consciousness. The things modernity tells us to revere, however, like as your job, your “purpose,” and your ego, are all banally secular. Recognise the most important things in life, otherwise you run the risk of repeatedly losing oneself in impermanence.
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From my perspective, practice/practise has no goal, it is the goal.
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