Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meditation is at the heart of Buddhism

Today in class I showed a video of Ven. Dr. H Gunaratana addressing the question of the significance of meditation on Buddhism, this Q&A is part of a presentation held in 1997 at the Buddhist Missionary Society. Though the video is fairly old the Venerable does a great job answering this question. Meditation is the foundation of Buddhism and is at the very core of Buddha's teaching. Meditation is the only way to truly liberate oneself from defilement such as greed, anger, and delusion. Meditation helps you "see" the truth of life and realize how impermanent everything really is and that our ultimate goal is to cultivate good deeds and purify our minds.

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