Viscid wrote:Do you think there are people who are simply better at meditation than others, even with comparable meditative experience? It seems that some are capable of achieving more in their meditation while others, even though they've dedicated their lives to meditation, have rather benign meditative experiences. It seems a little taboo to suggest that there is an uneven playing field of natural meditative ability, but from watching and listening to a wide variety of meditators, this seems to be the case. If so, what are the makings of a good meditator?
It depends on what you think the purpose of meditation is. If you think meditation is about altered states and intense experiences then yes I think some people find that easier than others.
I think meditation is about developing wisdom, and it could well be that those that continue on without any intense experiences worth mentioning are the ones that are developing the most wisdom.