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On retreat with a famous Zen master, we listened carefully when someone asked him: How long should I meditate? The answer was not in terms of hours or minutes. The answer was: you should meditate all day long. It is fine to talk about meditation as a way to relax, relieve stress, and improve your health. These are all good things. But the ultimate goal of meditation is liberation. Peace. Enlightenment. Once you have tasted even a little of this, you will not want to just think of meditation as a way to lower blood pressure. It is indeed a way of life. ​ The idea expressed by the Zen master is a simple one: meditate in the morning with your formal, sitting meditation. Then simply continue th

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