Dr Khammai Dhammasami
Oxford Buddha Vihara (Britain)
THE AIM OF MEDITATION
WHAT WE ARE going to start now is a few days of meditation retreat. We are making a special effort to get together and help each other with meditation practice. This evening is an introduction. I would like to talk to you about why we need to meditate, what is concentration and how to begin to practise it.
To keep yourselves physically healthy, you go to a gym for an exercise, which is to make yourselves stable and
physically strong. In the same way, to have a stable and strong mind we do meditation, which is mental exercise. Many people associate meditation with superstitious or extraordinary ideas. However, generally meditation in Buddhism is mental training.
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