Ricard: The object of meditation is the mind.

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The object of meditation is the mind.
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For the moment, it is simultaneously confused, agitated, rebellious, and subject to innumerable conditioned and automatic patterns.
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The goal of meditation is not to shut down the mind or anesthetize it, but rather to make it free, lucid, and balanced.
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According to Buddhism, the mind is not an entity but rather a dynamic stream of experiences, a succession of moments of consciousness.
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These experiences are often marked by confusion and suffering, but we can also live them in a spacious state of clarity and inner freedom.
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We all well know, as the contemporary Tibetan master Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche reminds us, that “we don’t need to train our minds to improve our ability to get upset or jealous.
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We don’t need an anger accelerator or a pride amplifier.”
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By contrast, training the mind is crucial if we want to refine and sharpen our attention; develop emotional balance, inner peace, and wisdom; and cultivate dedication to the welfare of others.
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