KwanSeum wrote:Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
When you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate.
- Ajahn Chah
Thank you for that. It is very good advice.
Abandon the urge to direct and control, pay no regard to how others view your 'self' and to abandon that 'self' and float on the waves of consciousness.
It could have been advice from a Zen master, or my own Gelugpa guru. The core remains.
A very wise nun once told me that she started all her meditations by advising everyone that the world could do without them for the next hour, that they must release all thoughts of 'doing' and simply 'be'. I witnessed the effect on some beginners as they released that burden - magical.
As a beginner I saw a woman crying uncontrollably and wondered if she was deranged or
Do advanced practitioners need such advice? Oh yes, as they are also prone to 'seek' and attempt to 'gain' or 'reveal' through effort, where that very effort mitigates against that revelation of that which 'is'. Release from that 'searching' mind may bring tears of joy and tears of compassion for other beings.