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A Meditation Instruction
By CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE.
meditation practice is one of the most important and at the same time
most confused subjects that we experience. It’s confusing because of our
own expectations that the practice of meditation should bring about a
certain sense of tranquillity, equilibrium, and spiritual "high."
would like to emphasize that the practice of meditation as it was
presented by the Buddha is no more and no less than working with
yourself—sitting with yourself, alone, without entertainment, without
further feedback and encouragement.
sitting practice of meditation is one of simplifying one’s basic
psychology and one’s basic problems. Simplifying in this case means
having no expectations about the technique, not expecting that the
technique is going to liberate you or provide flashes of excitement or
mystical experiences. In keeping with how the Buddha taught, I would
like to present the situation of meditation extremely simply, without
metaphysical or philosophical overlay.
benefit from meditation, you need more than just a glimpse. You need to
make a commitment to training yourself in meditation. Otherwise, there
will be a lot of gaps and missing the point, and you will experience
unnecessary confusion. So it’s important to stick with the practice and
follow the instructions that you receive. It might be best to look at
meditation as a way of life.
you stick with the practice and go along with exertion and patience,
you will have a chance to realize yourself, to understand yourself. Such
understanding may be extremely boring. Such understanding may be seeing
something you don’t want to see. Nevertheless, we can’t reject
ourselves before we know what we are. So I encourage you to be brave,
from that point of view. Please don’t chicken out and either reject
yourself or congratulate yourself. Rather, try to work with the
techniques and the tradition that is presented to you.
practice of meditation in Buddhism is a very simple technique that was
recommended by Lord Buddha himself. I myself have been trained in this
technique. Meditation in the Buddhist tradition is connected with the
idea of bhavana,
a Sanskrit word that refers to spiritual exertion or discipline all
together. That is the basic point of meditation: unless you are inspired
to discipline yourself, it is hopeless. If you only discipline yourself
halfway and then give up, that will create congestion and indigestion
that point of view, meditation can be very demanding. If you stick with
it, however, if you sit regularly and follow this discipline, you will
develop understanding and become skilled in the clarity of the practice.
Your experiences won’t be dramatic, by any means. The practice will
purely lead to discovering yourself, I’m afraid. You won’t see cherubs
and gods, heavenly realms, colorful mantras, or yantras—none of those.
Meditation is very simple and extremely down to earth, to the extent that it’s irritatingly down
to earth. Through the down-toearth practice of meditation, you can see
the colors of your own existence. The earth begins to come back to you
rather than that you are getting messages from heaven, so to speak.