Hi Retro and Andre
Andre, I hear where you are coming from.
I think meditation, on its own, isn't a silver bullet. Its the entire package that includes the whole N8P divided into sila, samadhi & panna. But I think when Bhante says 'just meditate', or words to that effect, I think it could be shorthand for developing sila, self-mastery and the getting of wisdom.
And if the path is pursued with earnestness and honesty, it will have the potential to assist with obstacles as they arise. As my teacher says - vicisitudes still come in daily life - its how you face them!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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