Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 8: Meditation
In this session Rinpoche goes into the very heart of the matter: meditation with ambition that is guided by attachment and aversion to thoughts will not achieve a calm mind or a compassionate heart.
If we approach meditation (and most of us do until this has been understood) with an ambition to achieve something, get somewhere, be something, we are completely missing the point. If the meditator approaches meditation using a technique to focus the mind, but is attached to the idea of achieving a calm mind– rejecting tumultuous thoughts and emotions, they have not understood something very fundamental.
Attachment and aversion are dependent on each other, because even when attachment brings joy, it is the cause of suffering. Genuine love on the other hand is not achieved through attachment; genuine love and compassion must be cultivated.
The intention of practising meditation is to develop genuine love and compassion, and for this we require patience and non-attachment. This, Rinpoche says is very important but difficult to understand.
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