Meditation is like... (put your similie here)

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Re: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue May 22, 2012 3:59 pm

[Sitting] meditation is like a concert pianist practicing scales.
The 'performance' is life.

(I think it might have been Shinzen Young who used this analogy first)

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Postby Buckwheat » Tue May 22, 2012 4:15 pm

Meditation is like going into a cocoon to transform self identities into thin air.

About two years ago I went through a phase where I felt like I was mourning my own death. Shortly afterwards, I thought of meditation as returning to the womb, waiting to be reborn, and eventually (hopefully) realizing there is no more birth.
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Postby Travis » Wed May 23, 2012 5:12 pm

Just thought of this:

Meditation is like digging a well. You have to remove the dirt and break up the stones before it will fill with water.

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Postby rowboat » Wed May 23, 2012 5:32 pm

Meditation is like this:

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Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
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Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 23, 2012 6:42 pm

Greetings David,

David N. Snyder wrote:[Sitting] meditation is like a concert pianist practicing scales.
The 'performance' is life.

(I think it might have been Shinzen Young who used this analogy first)

It's a good one... and it's a reminder of what the purpose of the meditation is in the first place, and where its benefits will come to fruition.

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Postby Cafael Dust » Wed May 23, 2012 9:14 pm

The sea gathering waves.
Not twice, not three times, not once,
the wheel is turning.

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Postby Ben » Wed May 23, 2012 9:45 pm

Apologies for butchering a Magnetic Fields song...

Meditation is like a violent crime
If you do it wrong - you'll do time,
But if you do it right it is sublime
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Postby zavk » Wed May 23, 2012 11:28 pm

To borrow the writings of a French philosopher, for me meditation "unfolds in the pureness of the wait. Waiting is directed at nothing: any object that could gratify it would only efface it. Still, it is not confined to one place, it is not a resigned immobility; it has the endurance of a movement that will never end and would never promise itself the reward of rest; it does not wrap itself in interiority; all of it falls irremediably outside. Waiting cannot wait for itself at the end of its own past, nor rejoice in its own practice, nor steel itself once and for all, for it was never lacking courage. What takes it up is not memory but forgetting. This forgetting… is extreme attentiveness."

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Postby Chi » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:00 am

Meditation is like purposely putting myself in fire so 'I' burn faster.
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Postby pegembara » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:14 pm

Meditation is life.

Meditation can get up off the cushion, can open its eyes, and can travel with you constantly. But remembering to meditate is a skill that must be learned through vigorous intention, attention, and never giving up. Anything, you do daily, can become a meditation.

In this way, everything in your life is there to help you, to teach you, and not seen as some kind of an obstruction to meditation…even ‘the terrible routine violence of jail meditation’ can remind you of calming breath. Perhaps even ‘fighting for your life meditation’ can work to strengthen your resolve to be free.

The Buddha's final admonition to his disciples on his death bed is this: "Transient are all component things. Work out your deliverance with heedfulness!" (vaya-dhamma sankhara, appamadena sampadetha). And the last words of the Venerable Sariputta, the foremost disciple of the Buddha, who predeceased the Master, were this: "Strive on with Heedfulness! This is my advice to you!" (sampadetha appamadena, esa me anusasana).

In both these injunctions the most significant and pregnant word is appamada, which literally means incessant heedfulness. Man cannot be heedful unless he is aware of his actions — whether they are mental, verbal, or physical — at every moment of his waking life. Only when a man is fully awake to and mindful of his activities can he distinguish good from bad and right from wrong. It is in the light of mindfulness that he will see the beauty or the ugliness of his deeds.
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Postby DarwidHalim » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:20 pm

Meditation is like a holy attachment.
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!

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Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:22 pm

My meditation smilies: :console: or :anjali: or sometimes more like :zzz:

Or perhaps you meant to say "Simile."

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Postby Cal » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:29 pm

Meditation is like this.

(In an attempt to follow the style of Ajahn Sumedho)

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Right Speech: It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will. [AN 5.198]

Personally, I seem to gain the most insight when I am under the most pressure, when life is at its most unpleasant. There is something in me on those occasions which feels that there is nothing left but to be aware of 'this'. Ajahn Sumedho - Don't Take Your Life Personally, p288

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Postby JackV » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:45 pm

For me presently:
Meditation is becoming patient at impatience

Or add any other word and it's antonym to follow
Here where a thousand
captains swore grand conquest
Tall grasses their monument.

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Postby David2 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:22 pm

Meditation is like watching trash on an assembly line (i.e. the time) that's moving by.

The task is to just watch and to not crave for more trash of some kind, and to not have aversion for another kind of trash -- trash is trash.

To not think of the trash as "mine", controllable or substantial, to not think of it as permanent, to not think of it as satisfactory - how can trash be satisfactory?

The less we crave, the easier it becomes to watch the trash and to see the trash-nature: Empty, impermanent, unsatisfactory.

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Postby FatDaddy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:59 pm

Meditaion is like hanging ten on the edge of reality.
Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
long, large,
middling, short,
subtle, blatant,
seen & unseen,
near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
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Postby m0rl0ck » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:11 pm

Its like sitting down on a buckwheat cushion.
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.
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Postby bazzaman » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:42 am

Not original, but, speaking for oneself, applicable to most sittings these days... "like open-heart surgery without an anaesthetic..."

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Postby ohnofabrications » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:29 am

Meditation is like letting a river flow without damming it.

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Postby DAWN » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:59 am

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Sabbe dhamma anatta
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