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 organize for meditation; and the way to get pleasure from a winning meditation consultation. It additionally teaches twenty-one easy-to-follow meditations, which jointly shape the total Buddhist route to enlightenment. compatible for rookies and extra complex meditators alike.

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The brief preparatory practices which now follow contain the essence of these three preparations. Cleaning the environment Before we sit down to meditate it is helpful to make sure that the place where we meditate is clean. A clean environment makes the mind clear and fresh. Moreover, during the preparatory practices we shall invite the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other holy beings to come to our room as a Field for Accumulating Merit, and as a sign of respect we ensure that our room is clean and tidy beforehand.

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.

This dependent relationship between actions and their effects, virtuous actions causing happiness and non-virtuous actions causing suffering,, is taught by the Buddhas based on their perfect knowledge. We must believe in it because conviction in the laws of karma is the root of future happiness. 47 King of Melodious Sound THE INITIAL SCOPE MEDITATION We contemplate these points until we develop conviction in the truth of karma. Then we make the determination: 'Since I wish to be free from every misfortune and enjoy uninterrupted happiness, I must abandon non-virtuous actions and practise only virtue.

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