“The Buddha said that no one wants suffering. Sufferings don’t arise because we wish for them; they are beyond our control. But the Buddha made clear that the ultimate cause of suffering is ignorance. We need to overcome that ignorance and we do that on the level of the mind.” (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
There are a lot of forms of meditation that arise nowadays. They can range from extremely modern and complicated to simple and traditional ways. Buddhist Meditation has been around for many years now, for some, it can be considered a way of living. It has taught many to live simple lives bound by love and brotherhood towards each other which has been one of the main goals of Buddhism as well.
What meditation hopes to achieve is change in the way our mind works. His Holiness the Dalai Lama also said that for this to happen we must let the light in for darkness to go away (darkness referring to ignorance), although when we stop, the light goes and darkness consumes us once more. There is heavy burden that comes with a plague that has long been infecting the minds of many—ignorance.
There is knowledge wherever we turn our heads to, and we must always be hungry to learn. The world is full of negativity and suffering of which we must not turn attention away from. Suffering exists when we convince ourselves that there is none. People would rather blind themselves of this reality rather than face it in order to brood the numbness and emptiness inside. Society has told us that this is the only way to survive such a cruel environment.
Buddhist meditation negates this and tells us to embrace the flaws of the world. More than that, it helps us see from different perspectives and grow roots among the most positive ones. Practicing this form of meditation plants us deep into the core of a better society and bears in us the fruit of wisdom.
For His Holiness the Dalai Lama, there are three aspects of wisdom: the understanding that comes from listening and study; the conviction that comes from deep reflection and the realization that comes from special insight that also involves a calmly abiding mind.
The main goal of Buddhist Meditation is simply to make more meaning of our lives when it comes time to depart. Doing so without harming anybody along the way is not only healthy for you, but for the people surrounding you as well.