Wednesday, August 20, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: A Very Valid Thing to Do

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

August 20, 2008


One of the problems that meditators experience is that there is a slight, almost subconscious, guilty feeling that you ought to be doing something, rather than just experiencing what goes on there in your practice. And when you begin to feel that you ought to be doing something, then you are automatically presenting millions of obstacles to yourself. So if you actually feel you are what you are, and this is not particularly a project as such but just a way of being, then there is also fundamentally a feeling that sitting there, meditating and working on the breathing is valid and approved and it is okay and it's done. It is normal practice. It's nothing extraordinary, particularly. Sitting there and breathing is a very valid thing to do.

From "The First Foundation: Mindfulness of Body," in the 1973 Hinayana-Mahayana Transcripts, page 41.

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