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Meditation Instructions - BUDDHIST INSIGHTS
By BHANTE SUDDHÄ€SO * Art MARTINA PAUKOVA * At its heart, Buddhism is about transforming the way we think in order to eliminate the sources of discontent, dissatisfaction, and distress in our lives. This is done not by changing the outside world, but by identifying and eliminating the self-destructive habits and tendencies within our own minds. An intellectual understanding of what mental and emotional habits are harmful is just the beginning; in order to locate and remove those harmful habits, the mind must be focused and imperturbable, with the appropriate attitude. This is very difficult to achieve with our ordinary, everyday ways of thinking and acting, which tend to be scattered, diffuse, and instinctual. This is where meditation comes in. By taking the time to tranquilize and focus the mind, we begin to develop the mental habits of awareness, equanimity, and concentration, which make it much easier to diagnose and correct the internal flaws that cause us so much anguish and turmoil. In this way we can establish our baseline state of being as one of peacefulness, …