How Has Awakening Changed Your Meditation Practice? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question:

How Has Awakening Changed Your Meditation Practice?

Response:

If you are reading this, you are awake. If you are meditating, you are awake. I mean this in a common sense way and in the language of the Buddha.

Meditation is practice being awake. It is an exploration of the depth and subtlety of the awareness that is available to all of us.

There is a persistent misunderstanding of enlightenment as a transition from one persistent state of unenlightenment to a new state of enlightenment. This is why there are Buddhist Teachers. Awakening is not something that is absent one day and then appears the next. A teacher doesn’t hand over a prize. It is not like a new haircut or a new suit. Awakening is discovering our true nature; it’s finding ourselves. It’s there. It always has been.

My meditation practice changes every time, because everything changes over time. Ironically, being awake is the one thing that maybe doesn’t change, so it has the least impact on my meditation experience.

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Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. - Octavio

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