In Meditation Practice, Boredom Sophisticates You
Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

In Meditation Practice, Boredom Sophisticates You

Boredom is important in meditation practice. It increases the psychological sophistication of the practitioners. They begin to appreciate boredom and they develop their sophistication until the boredom begins to become cool boredom, like a mountain river. It flows and flows and flows, methodically and repetitiously, but it is very cooling, very refreshing. From The Myth … Continue reading

In Mindfulness Practice There is No Goal
Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

In Mindfulness Practice There is No Goal

Concentration involves something to grasp, something to hold onto. You are “here” trying to concentrate on something “there.” Rather than concentration, we practice mindfulness. We see what is happening there rather than developing concentration, which is goal oriented. Anything connected with goals involves a journey toward somewhere from somewhere. In mindfulness practice there is no … Continue reading

One-Pointedness Leads to Composure
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One-Pointedness Leads to Composure

One-pointedness is a quality of meditation in which you develop tremendous awareness. Your mind becomes very focused, very accurate. You appreciate sense perceptions, but you are not trapped by them, and they do not create samsaric, karmic problems. Because you are able to perceive, to appreciate, and to focus your mind one-pointedly, you develop a … Continue reading