Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sogyal Rinpoche: Negative Expeiences in Meditation

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From today's Rigpa Glimpse of the Day:

In meditation, negative experiences are the most misleading, because we tend to take them as a bad sign. But in fact the negative experiences in our practice are blessings in disguise. Try to not react to them with aversion as you might normally do, but recognize them instead for what they truly are, merely experiences, illusory and dreamlike.

The realization of the true nature of the experience liberates you from the harm or danger of the experience itself, and as a result a negative experience can become a source of great blessing and accomplishment. There are innumerable stories of how masters worked like this with negative experiences and transformed them into catalysts for realization.

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1 comment:

Mike said...

Just like "bad" experiences in life—these provide the most opportunity for growth!