You know the real obstacle to resting meditation? It’s too simple. There’s no “wow” experience, there’s nothing added, and there’s no work to do. It’s as close as the tip of your nose, meaning it’s too close to see. Sometimes teachers tell us: “Stop meditating.” This does not mean to give up awareness, but rather: “Don’t use a flashlight in the sunshine.” Assuming that we’re inherently insufficient, we use the mind’s equivalent of a flashlight to improve on the sun.
from the book Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism
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Further quotes from the book Turning Confusion into Clarity:
- What creates samsara
- We are born buddhas
- Not a substitute for practice
- You are discovering yourself
- Recognition of subtle shifts in mental behavior
- Befriending the monkey mind
- Becoming the awareness
- The very first sign of waking up
- The mind of letting go
- Freedom exists within our very own mind
- Turning toward awakening
- Ordinary sangha