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The Alchemy of Meditation 4 - Keeping Going

by Vajragupta (2022)

How do we keep our meditation alive and fresh - especially over the long-term? Can we get lost and bogged down in our meditation and lose connection with creativity, play, and freshness? How do we go deeper?

Responding to these questions, Vajragupta looks at the Four Iddhipadas - the four 'powers' or 'means of accomplishment' taught by the Buddha. These are: desire, discernment, heart/mind, and resolve. They are both four ingredients of a creative meditation practice, and they also draw out the alchemical process of meditation, or how the transformative process of meditation works.

The fourth and final talk (36 mins) explores virya - energy and resolve. In particular, Vajragupta discusses stamina, keeping going, how we sustain a practice over the long-term through all the ups and downs of life. He offers four 'paradoxes' that we need to hold skilfully to maintain our inspiration.