By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
This creation to Buddhist meditation presents heritage fabric on meditation - why we have to meditate; find out how to organize for meditation; and the way to take pleasure in a profitable meditation consultation. It additionally teaches twenty-one easy-to-follow meditations, which jointly shape the whole Buddhist route to enlightenment. compatible for newcomers and extra complex meditators alike.
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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. The actual practice of going for refuge is explained in Meditation 5. Generating bodhichitta There are two important things to emphasize when we meditate: our motivation at the beginning and our dedication at the end.
At this point we begin the actual contemplation and meditation. After the meditation we dedicate our merit while reciting the following: 26 THE PREPARATORY PRACTICES Dedication prayers Through the virtues I have collected By practising the stages of the path, May all living beings find the opportunity To practise in the same way. May everyone experience The happiness of humans and gods, And quickly attain enlightenment, So that samsara is finally extinguished. 27 PART TWO The Twenty-one Meditations Medicine Buddha The Initial Scope 1.
45 A MEDITATION HANDBOOK DEDICATION We dedicate all the virtues we have created in this meditation practice to the welfare of all living beings by reciting the dedication prayers. SUBSEQUENT PRACTICE During the meditation break we should practise the twelve commitments of refuge which are explained in detail in Appendix I. By keeping the refuge commitments we shall strengthen our refuge practice so that it will quickly bear fruit. 46 THE INITIAL SCOPE 6. ACTIONS AND THEIR EFFECTS Having gone for refuge, our main practice is to observe the laws of karma by abandoning non-virtue and practising virtue.
A Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso