1429logic and meditation
- Dec 2, 2002Hi Michael,
Thanks for such a brilliant answer. It really hit home for me. This was one
of the fallacies I lived under - and I am not sure I have escaped it yet!
I like your approach of meditating to see what happens - I look forward to
meeting all my fallacies.
From: Michael Read [mailto:maread@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 10:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] logic and meditation
Meditation fallacies? Hmm...sure to be someone who would object but the
greatest fallacy is that meditation practice will ensure enlightenment.
There are Zen teaching stories that illustrate this. And yet meditation is
part and parcel of Zen teachings.
If meditation practice will not guarantee enlightenment, why practice?
Looked at this way there is nothing to be gained by meditation, eh? But,
consider meditation as a looking within and we can begin to see that the who
and what we think we are is not who we are. In other words, we can begin to
see through the fallacies that we hold to be truths.
All manner of things can occur during a meditation session. Joys, ecstacies,
fears, emotions, visions, transports of all kinds. Meditation is a turning
within, self examination as it were. It can be a fearless examination of the
internal picture show where we throw can everything on the line or it can be
just more distraction.
When fear arises we may want to run from it and find the bliss. When we do
the fear simply follows us. It waits, we think it is trying to trap us or
bind us somehow. What it is really doing is trying to tell us to accept
everything. We wil always be followed by our fears until we learn to turn
and examine them, see through them, accept them let them dissolve.
Well, I suppose I have wandered a bit from your origional suggestion. But, I
think the best way to dissolve fallacies about meditation is to meditate and
see what happens. :-)
love and blessings - michael
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