Insight and non-conceptional awareness is the only real “goal” of Buddhist meditation (well, besides generating compassion). Magick, on the other hand, is all about the impression of one’s spiritual volition upon manifest reality. Naturally, a healthy sitting practice will reveal states of being analogous to magickal absorption. Yet there are also clear differences between the two disciplines, not the least of which is intention.
But there’s nothing wrong with a metaphysical tune-up, right? I mean, if you’re already perceiving subtle energies, you might as well put ’em to good use. So when does playing with the Powers become unscrupulous reality-hacking?
Buddhist wisdom holds that “the greatest magic is transmuting the passions.” It’s also the most difficult magic, as I can personally attest.
It’s always nice to take counsel from those smarter than myself. The brainiacs at Buddhist Geeks delve into the magick/Buddhism bag in a podcast with Daniel Ingram — a very intelligent physician/practitioner from Northern Alabama (of all places!)
If, like me, you’ve got a compelling interest in dharma and operational metaphysics, you should definitely check it out. Props to George Dvorsky for posting about Buddhist Geeks — their entire podcast series is enlightening, and highly reccomended.