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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Experienced in Meditation?

Count Adam strode boldly into the near abandoned meditation center and spied who he assumed was the teacher he’d heard of, his fingers dancing upon a computer keyboard.

“They tell me you’re an experienced contemplative. What does that mean? Do you instantly plunge into deep trance the moment ass touches cushion?”

Looking up, the teacher responded “Your question is NOT unusual, NOR is it terribly insightful, but that is not your fault, there is much myth and misinformation these days.” the Lama said sadly, with a sigh, and then continued, “What is it you hope to gain from deep trance?”

Unaccustomed to the lack of ass-kiss-ery he had come to expect, the count huffed in response, “Life sucks: it vexes, and frightens, and disappoints. I wish to feel bliss and was told this is the best way. Really, I should think you’d already know that. Is your reputation unearned?”

“Yes, perhaps, it is. You are right, of course, life can be quite stressful: what with not getting what we want, when we want it, or once getting it, not being able to keep it. Yes, that can be stressful. But that stress is only made worse by forcing and contriving our emotions. No, the key to meditation’s mastery lies NOT in fighting our feelings, NOR in giving them free rein but in acknowledging them in vulnerability and simplicity and then making peace with them. That is what separates a journeyman from a master.”

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