An act of meditation is actually an act of faith---of faith in your spirit, in your own potential. Faith is the basis of meditation. Not of faith in something outside you---a metaphysical buddha, an unattainable ideal, or someone else's words. The faith is in yourself, in your own 'buddha nature.' You too can be a buddha, an awakened being that lives and responds in a wise, creative, and compassionate way.
Contributed by: Ookami san