The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong feeling of relying completely upon our Spiritual Guide as the method for attaining enlightenment, and then to meditate on this feeling in light of equalising self and others.

I began with breathing meditation and then moved on to the main topic.

I started by recalling the benefits of relying upon a Spiritual Guide, and focused on the final benefit – that all our virtuous wishes for beneficial conditions within samsara, as well as for liberation and enlightenment, will be fulfilled.

By relying on my Spiritual Guide all my wishes will be fulfilled. What are my wishes? In the past I have had lots of wishes – for all kinds of things. Now I understand what my real wishes are: to be happy and to be free from suffering. With the help of my Spiritual Guide, I will be able to fulfil these wishes! How wonderful.

I felt like I had a really close friend with me, helping me heal my mind – identifying delusions and replacing them with virtuous minds. It felt like my mind was like a car, and my Spiritual Guide and I were working together to take out the faulty parts (meaning pretty much all of it) one at a time and replacing them with good parts. Over time, if I work with my Spiritual Guide and rely on his guidance, I can replace each part, and finally have a vehicle capable of taking me to enlightenment. I can’t do this on my own – it is only with my Spiritual Guide’s help that I can do this.

With this image in mind, I focused on the feeling of working with my Spiritual Guide to heal my mind and fulfil my virtuous wishes, and stayed with it for a while.

I then moved on to thinking about what this means in light of equalising self and others.

I want to work with my Spiritual Guide to complete my training and be able to equalise my love for myself and my love for others.  With this in mind I returned to my meditation on relying on Geshe-la as my closest friend.

Dedication

May the virtues I have generated here ripen upon others and cause them to rely sincerely upon a qualified Spiritual Guide who can lead them along the spiritual path, and fulfil all their wishes.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to watch my mind for delusions, and oppose them by generating minds of virtue.