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Isn't Meditation Supposed to be Boring? - 17oct21


Not all meditation teachers

are created equal.

Not all contemplative techniques

are beneficial.


And if we have been taught meditation methods

that are cryptic, arduous, and unpleasant

in the vague hopes of someday being enlightened


then we could very much be

like a bored child on a long car ride

forever whining, “Are we there yet?”


Ironically, if enlightenment

is the mastery of letting go and contentment

then greedily reaching for it


could be akin to making love

in the name of virginity.


May we practice meditation techniques

that are so pleasurable, entertaining, interesting, and fulfilling

that they feel like the liberation

that the Buddha described.


Perhaps that is what Zen master Dogen meant

when he wrote metaphorically

that meditation IS enlightenment.

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with a simple

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