Friday, June 13, 2008

Expressing your innate perfection

In the Zen tradition, the highest motivation for meditating is not to attain some special state of mind, but to express your innately pure and undefiled “true nature” — what I referred to earlier as beginner’s mind. With this motivation, you never leave your own hearth; instead, you sit with the confidence that you already are the peace and happiness you seek. This level of motivation requires tremendous spiritual maturity, but when you’ve gotten a glimpse of who you really are, you may find yourself moved to meditate in order to actualize and deepen your understanding.

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