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Accelerating our Practice - BUDDHIST INSIGHTS
By BHANTE SUDDHÄ€SO Everyone loves to talk about meditation. It’s cool. Heightened awareness? Control of your mental experience? Profound tranquility and joy? Sounds great. So we learn some basic meditation techniques and start practicing. We notice some benefits arising from their practice, so we keep it up. Then eventually it seems to plateau. Years go by with little or no noticeable improvement. We’re stuck: despite meditating every day, we’re still not enlightened. In fact, far from it. We start to wonder: What went wrong? This is not a hypothetical scenario; in fact it’s something people ask me relatively often. They’ll say things like, “I’ve been meditating for 10, 20, 30 years. Why am I not enlightened yet?” Well… the truth is, there’s a lot more to the Buddha’s path than meditation. If all we’re doing is meditation, then we’re missing out on several major components of the practice. These other aspects of practice receive very little press and often aren’t even known to be part of spiritual self-development. And yet they are just as vital to …