by Friends of Godwin
I am reluctant to speak about stages, but what I would like a meditator to achieve is such a state where he or she can say with complete self-confidence that there is no problem when unpleasant emotions arise that he or she cannot deal with because he or she knows the medicine that works. Then the meditator comes to a state in which whether the emotions come or not makes no difference. Why? Because he or she knows what to do when they are there. And when they are not there, he or she knows that too.