"I constantly emphasize the importance of understanding meditation before practicing it.

Several people who came to the sessions I gave last year thought that meditation is for relaxation. They left tired, and some were even surprised that they didn’t relax at all.

There are a few forms of meditation that are designed to make the meditator relaxed—such as guided meditations that consist of visualizing yourself at a calm place. However, the authentic Tibetan Buddhist form of meditation has almost nothing to do with relaxation. In fact, it might be the total opposite of our expectations."

A Basic Buddhism Guide: What is Meditation? — by Elyane Youssef


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