Monday, November 16, 2015

The Straightforward Mind, This Is The Best Place For Meditation

The place for meditation is often imagined to be a peaceful location far from other people. But if you're constantly afflicted with discrimination and illusion, you will have no proper place for meditation.

The best place for meditation is not a matter of place.

In the Vimalakirti Sutra, a young bodhisattva is preparing to leaving the noisy city of Vaishali and find a secluded and quiet place for meditation. As he is walking through the city, the young man meets Vimalakirti.

"Where are you coming from?" he asks Vimalakirti.

"From my place of meditation," Vimalakirti answers.

Surprised the respected man was practicing meditation in the midst of the busy and nosy city the young bodhisattva asks, "From your place of meditation? Where is that?"

And Vimalakirti answers, "The straightforward mind is the place of meditation."

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