meditation without vow

meditation without vow

So meditation is quite popular, meditation is really, people I think are attracted to meditation. But what I want to point out is, if you don’t have dompa or the vow then meditation that without the dompa or the vow, specially something like the refuge, meditation is really not even a gewa or not even a virtue. It is not even a virtue. It is just a technique to calm your mind. I am not saying that you should not do it, no no, of course not, by all means. If you are asking me without the dompa or the vow, what is meditation for me. I would sooner go to a sauna or have a massage. Because after all might also relax you. Or go walk in an english garden or something. Because anything that would calm your mind, you can just do it. So meditation is nothing special basically, that is what I am saying, if you don’t have the vow. Of course I am coming from the Mahayana point of view. It is only when you have a vow, and specially something like having taken refuge to the buddha, dharma and the sangha, then your hearing, your contemplation, and specially your meditation is becoming very special. So really the vow is the most important.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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