In today’s world some people like to meditate but are afraid of it. Many people do not know how much information about this is contained in the sermons of the Buddha. What some Buddhists still do not know is that some 18,000 sermons alone are still preserved.
Now that many of these sermons have been translated into English, it has become very easy for you to understand this.
Others think that a person is meditating because of some problem or annoying situation in his life. No one clings to such superstitions if they have even the slightest knowledge of the teachings of the Buddha. However, this view is more prevalent today as the majority of the society does not understand these sermons.
However, the Venerable Lord says that such views are prevalent only in countries like ours. The opinion of the majority of the people in India is quite different. Even in the West, people practice meditation.
I will give you a good example of this. Once, when I was preparing to go to the United States to preach, a customs officer asked me why I was going there. I said I was going there to teach meditation. He was very happy with that answer. He tells me that very well, I also like meditation very much.
So see why meditation is highly valued in such a country and not in a country like ours. In fact, people in the West do not turn to Buddhism through knowledge. It is through meditation. Folklore in the West has two topics. That is yoga and meditation. They use yoga for fitness. Meditation is used for mental well-being. If you look at our country now, you don’t have both, do you? Our people scoff at both. What is this? Let me tell you what the secret of this decline is.
In these countries there are mentally ill people who are lustful. These people have no understanding of life. These people are living empty lives aiming only for pleasure. The majority of us are clinging to an opinion created in society by these empty people.
Another opinion is very popular in our country. That is, the idea that meditation can cause unconsciousness. Of course there is no such thing. Meditation does not mean that.
Any mentally ill person becomes mentally ill by thinking. It is sickening to think that someone is doing something wrong in a way that hurts them. Forgetting the origin of a mental illness. Looking at the hand that is caring, as well as constantly thinking about the same thing in a distorted way, and so on. All of this is easier for a person when that person is lonely.
The person who is ready to become mentally ill always tries to be lonely. Such people turn to meditation because of their desire to be alone. But of course, he has a disease. He has no idea about it. So a person like this never meditates in the right way. What he is doing is immersing himself in his own thinking. His illness worsens over time as he meditates. Now a rumor is circulating about this person that he has lost consciousness due to meditation. But in fact, this person has a disorder that has been going on until then.
On the other hand, if the dementia is due to meditation, those who do not meditate should not have this condition. But we do know that people of all faiths, regardless of religion, are in a trance. Look, religions like Catholicism and Islam do not teach meditation. Meditation is not relevant to those religions. But don’t those who belong to those religions become mentally ill?
The basic point is that it has been propagated among the people of our country that meditation is the only way to go crazy. There is something else. Kasina meditation is not suitable for anyone. I would never recommend it. This is where looking at a color and meditating. But even if you meditate in this way, you will not get what you can get from Satipatthna internally.
It is not possible to engage in vaginismus like Chittanupassana, Dhammanupassana etc. That person is only meditating on a particular color. If there is any mental weakness in this person then it is likely to emerge. In fact, in the past, the monks who grew up meditating in the forests had such problems. This is one of the main reasons for the spread of misconceptions about meditation.
“Meditation’ means ‘growth’. Or building something. Now Breathing Week is all about building mindfulness, diligence and wisdom. What Maitreya meditation does is build compassion, and what bad meditation does is build healing. Real knowledge can be built through impermanent meditation. Thus, the Supreme Buddha has pointed out the ways in which one can attain mental concentration and spend more time. So of course this is not the case in other religions. They have no meditation except something extracted from Buddhism. Now we know that some people meditate in this way by quoting cruelty from Buddhism. But such people meditate without realizing it, and doing so can lead to dementia. This is a dangerous situation. Let me tell you something you need to understand well. If you do not understand this fact, you should never meditate. To build a mind, one needs a science that offers explanations about the mind. Think of something simple and ordinary. If anyone wants to pave a path, he must learn the science behind paving that path. You also need to have the relevant technical knowledge when constructing a building, right? So can you just build a mind? Where is the technical knowledge that can develop the mind? It exists only in Buddhism.”
On the other hand, if you look at a thousand people, two or three of them may have mental problems. But can we leave the other nine hundred and ninety-eight as they are?
Now I teach meditation techniques in our meditation programs. What are they? Maitreya Meditation; To be always in the mood of compassion. Buddhism; Telling them to remember the virtues of the Buddha. Next, instruct them to keep thinking about what is considered impermanent. Encouragement to keep the mind focused during the breathing week.
So if all these things you see are dangerous, what are the good things? If these are not to be thought of, what are they to be thought of? So we often think of something we see on TV or hear on the radio. Or about what you read in the newspapers.
This means that the person should always be in a state of uneasiness, lust, hatred or delusion. In fact, people are always suffering mentally like this. But they themselves do not know that they are suffering. The general public does not see the danger here. This is the ignorance of the majority of the people.
The ignorant person knows nothing about healing the mind. But it seems that society now has some understanding of meditation more than ever before.
In the past, when a young child meditated, everyone became agitated. Everyone thought this kid had a problem.
But if a foreigner among you meditates like that, our people talk about it very highly. The same is true for our people, here too. One thing we understand here. That is to say, these people praise meditation, as well as the fact that it is not out of understanding.
In fact, meditating can bring great healing to a person. Builds a healthy mindset. In order to get this right, it needs to be discussed in detail in general.
If we keep the instructions of a meditation secret, it means that there is a danger in reciting the secret sermons. Now he is giving private meditation instructions in various places all over the country, in secret. You must clearly understand that such a thing does not exist in Buddhism. The Dhamma of our Blessed Lord shines through in the open. He clearly preached this. It does not glow when closed.
So if anyone hides this without opening it, it is something suspicious.
What makes this so serious is that the person who took this advice had the ability to refuse it. This is because this conversation takes place between two people in person and not in an open environment.
Many people like to have debates about the prevailing beliefs about meditation in today’s society. But Dhamma is a pass. We must use it and go abroad. Apart from that, it is not appropriate to build different perspectives and flaunt them to show off their scholarship to others. The Supreme Buddha likened his Dhamma to a pahura based on the fact that he was going abroad.
On the other hand, the mystics say that the ritualistic advice given among the people is Raga, Shraddha, Devesha, Moha etc.
So this is the problem, the Supreme Buddha has clearly preached that one who has hatred should increase compassion. So if anyone feels that he is often hated, that person should try Maitreya meditation. The higher the ego, the more the mind must be directed to see the impermanent.
So if anyone accepts this advice today, this Dhamma is still valid today. (Sandhitika means to be understood in this life itself) This Dhamma is always self-evident. The nature of the Dhamma does not change, as it was (well spoken) timeless (can be understood at any time) in the time of the Buddha or in the present. We need to understand these things very well. It is only after this that meditation should be practiced. In this sense, all we have to do is make the teachings of the Buddha known.
The idea of developing another meditation is to identify oneself with one’s own weaknesses as well as talents and to support oneself. What is happening here is trying to overcome one’s weaknesses within the Dhamma. This is by no means a journey in the dark. The Dhamma contains all the very valuable guidelines for this.
The only reason why millions of people are now drawn to our meditation programs is because the Dhamma is well known. Otherwise, the Dhamma is not the personal heritage of the monasteries. It’s something open, it’s open to our people, that’s all.