The purpose of this meditation is to contemplate the meaning of Lamrim in light of the kindness of all living beings.

I began with some breathing meditation to calm my mind, and then moved on to the main meditation.

I thought about the Lamrim and how it is a complete path to enlightenment. How lucky we are to have access to this beautiful presentation of Dharma wisdom. I thought of Atisha, who first presented Dharma in the form of Lamrim as a way of explaining Buddha’s wisdom to the Tibetans. At that time there was much confusion in Tibet about what was authentic Buddhist philosophy and what was not. Atisha made the Buddhadharma clear with his Lamrim, and gave everyone the opportunity to understand the path and to complete it.

I thought about this precious opportunity that I have in the palm of my hands, and the great kindness of Atisha and the subsequent Buddhist masters who have passed on this wisdom down the centuries, unchanged. I felt very grateful and humble.

I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings find Lamrim through the kindness of others, and make swift progress along the internal path to enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to follow the path to enlightenment with Atisha’s light showing the way.