Monday, August 11, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: The Magical Element of Meditation

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

August 11, 2008


Even in the early stages of meditation, there is a magical element of meditation practice. You might ask where this magical aspect comes from, how it comes to be. It is because there is a sense of tuning oneself into an entirely different way of thinking, as opposed to our ordinary, samsaric or confused way of thinking. We have decided to relate with the truth, the dharma, and decided to tune into it. And that tuning oneself into, committing oneself into that stream, that flow, means that one is automatically entered into some kind of spiritual power. It is nothing particularly exciting or extraordinary, but there is a sense of power and there is a sense of mystical energy, so to speak, that one is involved with....So let us not regard practice as a purely mechanical process, which leads you to enlightenment. Tuning oneself into that higher truth is the essence behind it. 

From "The First Foundation: Mindfulness of Body," in the 1973 Hinayana-Mahayana Transcripts, pages 37 to 38.

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