The purpose of this meditation is to develop a strong feeling of refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and then to reflect on this feeling in the light of equanimity.

I began with some breathing meditation before moving on to reviving my feeling from yesterday of being teetering on a steep slope, about to slide down into the lower realms. I felt the fear of going into the lower realms, and also generated a strong feeling of faith in the Three Jewels that they can protect me from such a slide. I imagined holding onto the strong arms of Buddha (also incorporating Dharma) and Sangha. I recently had a similar experience where I was walking up a steep slope and a colleague above me offered his arm to help me up. I held it and it was very solid, and I was very grateful of his help seeing as I had shoes with absolutely no grip at all. I imagined holding onto the hands of Buddha and Sangha and them feeling very solid. I knew I could rely on them to stop me falling. I tried to focus on this feeling of knowing they can protect me, and relying on them and trusting them. I stayed with this feeling for a while.

I then went on to think about what this means in the light of equanimity. It occurred to me that equanimity is part of the Dharma I am relying on. I focused on this point, and then returned to the feeling of relying sincerely on the support of the Three Jewels to stop me falling back into the lower realms.

Dedication

May all living beings find their refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and through sincere reliance, become Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember this feeling of reliance, and of the solid arms I can hold onto.