We do live in a culture where faster, more and easier seem to govern a lot of our choices. Are there any advocates of doing something fully, in depth and completely mastering the subject, whatever it is?
We rarely if ever look at the "I" that's making our everyday assumptions. Our meditation practice, rather then being theoretical or metaphysical, is extremely personal and direct -- it's highly experiential.
As we stumble through the fog of our sometimes overly discursive mind and say "I want to meet Buddha," if you shift that a little and say "I want to meet the awakened state of mind," then we have clarified what it is that we are looking for.
I wanted to jump in and participate in the ongoing discussion of sleep, but what I came up with, after contemplating the whole topic for some time, was to look further into what it means to actually be awake.
My teacher, Gelek Rimpoche, always says -- "Drip, drip, drip, the bucket fills." He means that if we meditate a little bit everyday, eventually our mind and heart shift toward more kindness and clarity.
I think it's fair to ask ourselves early on, why are we afraid of just sitting still? Why are we terrified of that?Actually it's for you to find out. But I would like to suggest the possibility that we are afraid of ourselves.