In shamatha meditation, nothing is being added, and nothing is really being taken away. It’s just a point where stillness and stability may be discovered as part of the functioning of your mind; alongside all the other crazy, interesting, dirty, strange stuff.

It is at precisely such a point where the Dharmic traditions offer a doorway into where and what the mind is – a doorway which does not depend on a couch in New York, an analyst and a lot of cash…..