Meditation, simply defined, is
a way of being aware. It is the happy marriage of doing and being. It lifts the
fog of our ordinary lives to reveal what is hidden; it loosens the knot of
self-centeredness and opens the heart; it moves us beyond mere concepts to allow
for a direct experience of reality. Meditation embodies the way of awakening:
both the path and its fruition. From one point of view, it is the means to
awakening; from another, it is awakening itself.
- Lama Surya Das, "The
Heart-Essence of Buddhist Meditation"