Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Transcending Pleasure, Transcending Pain

Book coverIn meditation we are not trying to overcome or to defeat anything, and we are not trying to gain any level of high spiritual achievement for the sake of pleasure. Since the practice of meditation is not at all geared to pleasure, its achievement should also be beyond pleasure—and since it transcends pleasure, it also transcends pain. But transcending pain and developing peace are by-products of meditation practice rather than an immediate aim.

From The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One by Chögyam Trungpa, page 52.

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