By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
This creation to Buddhist meditation presents historical past fabric on meditation - why we have to meditate; how you can organize 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 complete Buddhist route to enlightenment. compatible for newcomers and extra complex meditators alike.
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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. This is the actual method to protect ourself from rebirth in the lower realms, and the foundation for all other Dharma realizations. PREPARATION We go for refuge, generate a special bodhichitta motivation, and complete the other preparatory practices.
If we keep this in mind all the time we shall always maintain a happy mind and we shall never become discouraged, whatever our external circumstances. Reflecting on the preciousness of our human life will encourage us not to waste our precious time, but to use it to practise the stages of the path. 36 THE INITIAL SCOPE 3. DEATH AND IMPERMANENCE There are three ways in which we can make this human life meaningful: by using it to ensure that we take- rebirth as a human or a god in our next life, by using it to attain liberation, or by using it to attain full enlightenment.
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. ' We then make this determination firm by meditating on it with singlepointed concentration. 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.