Several times over the years I have seen a "summary" of part of the Buddha's teaching which goes thus.
Someone asks the Buddha (or one of his disciples) what they have gained from the practice of meditation. The answer is "nothing", and the questioner then asks what is the use of the practice. The answer is then that the value lies in what is lost or abandoned through meditation: anger, fear, and other negative states.
Does anyone know if this has any basis in the Canon? Or is it an outgrowth of Western folk Buddhism?