Audience:
Your Holiness, how long do you meditate each day?

HH:
Not long, maybe 7 hours.

Audience:
Really? What can you meditate on for 7 hours?

HH: (thinks)…
The past is over, finished, and the future not yet here, so we can only exist in the present. Isn’t it?

Audience:
Yes

HH:
But what is present? Is it today? No, today half gone, other half not yet happened. Is it this hour? No half gone, half not yet happened. This second? No, same again. So, any unit of time you give me and call the present, I can split into past and future, till you have to agree that there is no such thing as the present.

Audience:
Ok

HH:
But you just agreed we can only exist in the present. So logically, you can’t exist. But you obviously do. (pinches himself and laughs). So, I meditate on that for 7 hours a day.

“So, any unit of time you give me and call the present, I can split into past and future, till you have to agree that there is no such thing as the present.”
– Dalai Lama XIV

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