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Lions Roar : January 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2012 49 Consuming media like that is just running away and it doesn’t have a lasting effect. You can forget your suffering for some time, but eventually you have to go back to yourself. The Buddha recom- mended that we should not try to run away from ourselves, but learn to take good care of ourselves and transform our suffering. What would you say to someone who finds sitting meditation pain- ful and difficult and they struggle to do it? Don’t do it anymore. Really? Yes, yes. If you don’t find it pleasant to sit, don’t sit. You have to learn the correct spirit of sitting. If you make a lot of effort when you sit, you become tense and that creates pain all over your body. Sitting should be pleasant. When you turn on the televi- sion in your living room, you can sit for hours without suffering. Yet when you sit for meditation, you suffer. Why? Because you struggle. You want to succeed in your meditation, and so you fight. When you are watching television you don’t fight. You have to learn how to sit without fighting. If you know how to sit like that, sitting is very pleasant. When Nelson Mandela visited France once, a journalist asked him what he liked to do the most. He said that because he was so CALLIGRAPHIES BY THICH NHAT HANH