Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

26. Why do Buddhists Meditate?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Sarah Shaw [+-]
University of Oxford
Sarah Shaw is a Member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.

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Why would anyone want to practice meditation? The best answer comes from the life stories of the Buddha and his awakened followers. It is sometimes said that wisdom is more important than meditation in Buddhism. But wisdom, the Buddha said, needs meditation, just as meditation needs wisdom (Dhammapada verse 282). And if we look at the stories of the Buddha and his followers after their awakening, we find they all still like to practice meditation. It was not just a necessary chore on the way to enlightenment. They clearly enjoyed it, and found it was where their minds felt most at home. Perhaps that is the reason why most other Buddhists meditate too and find it so helpful for daily life.

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Shaw, Sarah. 26. Why do Buddhists Meditate?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 126-129 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40765. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40765. Nov 2021

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