31st December 2012: Robert Wright on Buddhist Meditation

Nonzero author Robert Wright on Buddhist Vipassana insight meditation:


This is the irony: Buddhist meditation teachers counsel a kind of detachment that should in theory leave you neither happy nor sad. But by the end of one of these retreats, almost invariably, you’re happy. And you’re happy in particular ways: more appreciative of beauty, feeling more distance from ordinary anxieties, feeling more kinship with other humans and with other forms of life. You’re also easier to be around–less defensive, less emotionally reactive, etc.


This has been my experience after doing a 6 week meditation class and 4 week zazen sitting group with Australian psychotherapist Steve Brown.