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The Experiential View of Meditation Practice

I prefer to discuss shamatha practice, the basic practice of meditation, from the point of view of the contemplative tradition, using instructions given by craftspeople rather than by theologians–instructions you can use on the spot. My conviction is that there is a need to go back to the great contemplative traditions and to the personal experiences they describe. I hope to follow the contemplative tradition of Jamgon Kongtrul, my own teacher, so that meditation practice becomes workable, or “practice-able.” I would like to make the discussion of shamatha as experiential as I can. Practice is a very personal experience.

From “Simplicity,” in The Path of Individual Liberation, pages 174 to 175.


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