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“Three Reflections on Action Meditation”

How are we to keep the meditative state induced in stillness, the inkling we have gained of the Buddha-Nature, continuing throughout the daily activities which follow? Yes, all of these should be, as the Bhagavad Gita teaches, a sacrifice to God; the whole day being lived as meditation in action, but how are we to achieve this?

I am led to believe that still meditation should be followed immediately by an obvious instance of action meditation, what Vivekananda, the great Hindu monk and philosopher, called Raja-Yoga. It could be painting or singing or indeed any higher form of creativity, but offered as a sacrifice. This can then set the stage for the ensuing, more apparently routine daily activities being also conducted in the meditative state. Hopefully, this state will then persist throughout the day, heightened by each successive sacrifice.

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Does the activity bring you closer to Realizing your Self?

That’s what I mean by Action Meditation.

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 Hakuin Ekaku, the great Zen master, made his life statement with his final piece of calligraphy: “a giant character for ‘midst,’ with the inscription, ‘Meditation in the MIDST of action is a billion times superior to meditation in stillness.’”[1]

Action Meditation: the Soul at work.

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[1]           Ed. Sushila Blackman, Graceful Exits (New York: Weatherhill, 1997), p. 33.

 

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