The purpose of this meditation is to look at the whole Lamrim within the context of the practice of taking.

I began by doing rounds of breathing meditation, systematically eliminating the tension from the various parts of my body – my head, neck and shoulders, arms, trunk and legs. When my body felt like it had dissolved into emptiness, I focused on my breathing and let my attention focus on my breath, becoming more and more absorbed into it until my mind was completely still. I then mixed my mind with my Guru’s mind, and was filled with his mental stability and stillness. It was worth getting up early for!

I then moved on to think about the Lamrim meditations. I thought about what the Lamrim means and what it is. For me, the Lamrim is the path to freedom because it is the set of ideas or thoughts that lead to a completely controlled mind.

I thought about this, and it seemed to me that we become the sum or the thoughts with which we mix our mind. If we mix our mind with anger repeatedly, we become ‘an angry person’, for whom anger is an almost permanent mental feature.

We are the product of the ideas we mixed our mind with in the past. We will become the product of the ideas we mix our mind with now.

The Lamrim minds are perfect, and I developed the wish to mix my mind completely with these minds. I felt a deep wish to do this perfectly and completely, and I focused on this feeling of aspiration, faith and joy for a while…

After this, I thought about what this means in light of the practice of taking, which is the practice of mentally taking on the sufferings of others, motivated by compassion.

Lamrim provides the context for understanding how and why we can take on the sufferings of others. It is an essential part of Lamrim, and an inevitable consequence of the previous Lamrim minds. I saw the link between our thoughts and our actions, and the way in which we should be trying to generate the Lamrim minds in all situations, and acting in the context of the six perfections. It seemed to me that the actual result of my training would be that whatever situation I find myself facing, I will naturally react by generating one (or more) of the Lamrim objects within my mind, and acting by giving, practising moral discipline, practising patience, practising effort, practising mental stabilisation and/or seeing the situation clearly with wisdom.

With this understanding, I returned to my meditation object of wishing to practice the Lamrim and the Six Perfections with faith and joy. It felt absorbing and joyful – a very joyful meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings mix their minds with virtue, and through this practice become Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remain mindful of my meditation wish to only have Lamrim minds, and ensure my actions are mixed with the six perfections.