Meditation is the Key to Fulfilment
Wherever I go, I try to
help beginners to learn the right way to start meditating, and to show
those who think they are really advanced and know all about meditation
that there is still a lot of room for improvement. According to the
practice lineage, if one is able to practise Buddhism wholeheartedly,
properly, meditation is one's food, meditation is one's partner,
meditation is one's wealth, meditation fulfils every aspect of one's
needs and wants!
was a very famous Tibetan Yogi who lived in the 11th century - I hope
many of you have read his life story and songs. When he was meditating
in the mountains, his body turned green because he had nothing to eat
except nettles. The king of Nepal once invited Milarepa, offering him
great wealth, but he refused. Milarepa told the king that he was
actually richer than him because he didn't need anything.
mentally very rich when we desire nothing. According to my experience,
it is very good to really take to heart the notion that meditation can
completely fulfil our every need, however difficult this idea may be to
adopt in the beginning. Compared to a person who is very successful,
who has a job, a wife, money, children, then I, a monk, have none of
these, but if you compare our respective states of mind, I am much
wealthier than this person because I have nothing to lose. As I have
nothing to lose, I have no fear. When you have things, you are afraid
of losing them. When you desire a wonderful thing, you are jealous of
those who have it and once you have it, you must protect it. I have
none of these, so I'm a most satisfied human being. What do I need?
Just some simple food to sustain me and a roof above my head. I'm happy
wherever I am. I can go to any part of the world, it makes no
difference to me. I'm at peace with myself all the time.This is all due
to this wish-fulfilling mind: it fulfils everything. I've found all the
things I need. I don't have to chase what I want out there. I have
found it right here, in my own mind. That's why I'm free.
me, meditation is the best teaching any teacher can give. People in
Buddhist centres may tell me, 'Don't teach meditation, because people
don't like it and will run away!' But if we only talk, talk, talk, and
none of us meditates, then what change is ever going to take place?
my view - as I have understood from my own guru - simplicity,
dedication, faith, and never giving up meditation practise even for one
day, that is what really matters. Meditation is like food: one has to
take it every day. So many people are practising as if they were having
peaks of fever! When they feel very good, they can meditate for one,
two or three hours but when they feel low, they totally give up
practising, just when they need it most. We need to develop steadiness
through regular daily practice.