A Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

This creation to Buddhist meditation presents history fabric on meditation - why we have to meditate; tips on how to arrange for meditation; and the way to get pleasure from a profitable meditation consultation. It additionally teaches twenty-one easy-to-follow meditations, which jointly shape the total Buddhist route to enlightenment. appropriate for newcomers and extra complex meditators alike.

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I shall be protected from harm caused by humans or non-humans. I shall find it easy to abandon delusions and non-virtuous actions. My practical experience of the spiritual path will increase. I shall never be born in lower realms. In all my future lives I shall meet well-qualified Spiritual Guides. ' 31 A MEDITATION HANDBOOK MEDITATION We contemplate these benefits until we generate the determination to rely upon a Spiritual Guide sincerely and with strong faith. We meditate on this determination for as long as possible.

As we breathe in we imagine that we inhale the blessings of all the holy beings in the form of pure, white light. L The remaining preparatory practices are done in conjunction with the brief prayers included at the end of this 18 THE PREPARATORY PRACTICES section. The purpose of reciting these prayers is to direct our mind to the particular practices. These will now ,be briefly explained. Going for refuge We generate fear of the sufferings of samsara in general, and of rebirth in the lower realms in particular; and then, with strong faith that the Three Jewels have the power to protect us from these sufferings, we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha while reciting the refuge prayer.

MEDITATION By thinking in this way we generate a strong conviction that the Three Jewels are the only true objects of refuge, and we develop deep faith in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. We meditate on this without allowing any doubts to arise. When we meditate on a mental attitude such as faith, we do not merely think about it and focus on it as if it were separate from our mind; rather we transform our mind into that state and hold it single-pointedly. We should feel as if our mind has merged with an ocean of faith.

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