Why We Meditate

On Monday 12/21, our discussion was just that–Why we meditate. I prepared some material which I’ll share with you here but we didn’t really get to most of it. As it turns out, this was one of those nights where the discussion took on a course of its own. There were 10-12 of us and each of us took anywhere from 2-5 minutes to share with the sangha (not sure if this word should be capitalized?) some of the origins behind why and how we became meditators or Buddhists. It was a real treat to hear everyone speak so passionately about their journey.

Why The Buddha Meditated

Short excerpt from Dan Harris/Joseph Goldstein 10% Happier Course:

behind the waterfall     

The 2 things I pulled out of this clip are: 1) Homo sapiens sapiens – the one who thinks & knows he thinks (like observing awareness & recognizing that your observing)   2) See your thoughts for what they are—passing impulses in the mind, often with little connection to reality.

The final piece of material I’d like to share with you was published on Lion’s Roar website a few months back. It is an excerpt from The Art of Transforming Suffering, by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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