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Meditation: Myths and Facts

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

Nowadays, meditation has become almost a panacea for all ailment. But what is meditation, that simple question is possibly the most difficult one for many meditation teachers.

Meditation is mindfulness, being aware. Meditation will lead to enlightenment like the Buddha did two thousand and five hundred years ago when he sat beneath the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya. Meditation is Transcendence, of listening and meditating on a inner mantra given by one’s Guru. Meditation is visualizing an internal image of a divine being. You will find the list will stretch beyond the space of this page.

My short answer is that it is all of the above and none of the above.

My long answer is that during my period of being a spiritual seeker, I have tried them all from the EST training with Werner Erhard, to the Soto Zen training with a Japanese monk, to the classical Theravada Buddhist breath awareness of Insight Meditation. I loved them all and yet, now, I have discarded all of them like a snake shedding its skin. And my answer to What is meditation?

I don’t really know.

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