The Tainted Well of Happiness

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Meditation like ourselves is full of many contradictions and paradoxes. Broadly we could say that we practice it for one sole reason, expressed in two different ways. Either to escape from the cycle of unsatisfactoriness and suffering in our lives, known as dukkha in Buddhism. Or expressed another way - to be truly ‘happy’, for lack of a better word. Yet in a way, meditation as a practice involves us removing the very external conditions that bring us temporary though unreliable happiness or escape from our dukkha. What we find when we meditate is that we are immediately exposed and confronted by dukkha, for we have put aside the distractions that keep us from seeing it fully and truly.