In Zen, one critical ingredient necessary to bring about satori, or enlightenment is faith. In Roshi Phillip Kapleau’s Three Pillars of Zen, he says it is this faith that makes Zen a religion and not just a philosophy. You need to have faith that there actually is a satori experience to be had. You have to believe that Buddha had that experience and countless other masters, monks and laymen have had it since. Perhaps I am gullible, but I believe them. It seems to me like a repeatable and predictable experience. That is logical, scientific faith, but faith.
This morning I was struck by the pure faith of a woman standing at a bus stop. She was standing there patiently, along the side of the road. Her calm, perhaps a little bored, demeanor indicated that she was quite convinced that a bus would come along and pick her up. That is faith, pure and simple.
That is how I meditate. Patient, expectant, calm, sometimes a little bored, knowing that sooner or later enlightenment will find me. I imagine it won’t actually happen while I am meditating, but that is my bus stop.