Meditation is Central to Japanese Culture

April 12, 2014 gautama - No Comments

According to the teachings of Buddha, all material existence is impermanent (Anitya) and the cause of discomfort (Duhkha), and so to achieve fulfillment one must seek knowledge of the not-self (Anatman), which is the state of existence without the ego of the ‘I’ or ‘mine’.

The ancient philosophy of meditation, which provides a path away from the material bindings which keep us from finding our true nature, has been practiced for thousands of years, and more recently has taken root in our modern societies through various forms and structures. The key to transcending the illusory world and experiencing the inner reality resides dormant within all of us.

When this dormant energy is flowing, we move beyond the mundane world of thoughts, and experience the silence of pure attention and joy. In effect we return to our eternal essence, free from the strictures of material worries and bathed in the light of the true spirit.

True meditation lies beyond the mind, the ego and our conditionings. It is the turiya state, where thoughts cease and silence begins. It is profound, and beautiful.