What is Meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death.

In the stillness of meditation, we glimpse and return to that deep inner nature that we have so long ago lost sight of amid the busyness and distraction of our minds.

We are fragmented into so many different aspects. We don't know who we really are, or what aspects of ourselves we should identify or believe in.

So many contradictory voices, dictates, and feelings fight for control over our inner lives that we find ourselves scattered everywhere, in all directions, leaving nobody at home. Meditation, then is, bringing the mind home.

  -Sogyal Rinpoche

Through meditation practice we learn to enter into silence, and there the fruits of the practice reveal themselves; wisdom, which is seeing deeply into the true nature of life, and compassion, the trembling of the heart in response to suffering.

  Wisdom reveals that we are all part of a whole, and compassion tells us that we can never really stand apart. Through this prism we see life with openness, knowing our oneness. We find wisdom and compassion coming to life, transforming how we understand ourselves and how we understand the world.

  -Sharon Salzberg

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