This is the stone,
drenched with rain,
that points the way. —Santoka

The true traveler has no destination
and no fixed time of arrival. —Laoz i

Buddhist meditation is something to do, not to believe, so the measure of it is always related to what is happening to your mind and your life. It is a practice—something you do over and over again, as in, “I’m practicing the guitar” or “I’m practicing my computer game.” If you practice meditation in this regular way, Buddhism has a mysterious and unpredictable healing power. By mysterious, I mean that while the effect of meditation is more or less as advertised, you are on a journey that does not reveal all its features at once, and even the destination is uncertain…

From “Surprises on the Way”, an article by John Tarrant about some of the features of meditation practice. It appeared in Shambhala Sun magazine in May, 2008.

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photo by Roger Jordan