The purpose of this meditation is to practise placement meditation, and then to consider what this means in light of the practice of taking.

I began by dissolving my Guru into my heart and calming my mind through breathing meditation, letting tension and discomfort dissipate from a different part of my body with each breath. After a few rounds of this, my body felt completely light and relaxed. I then brought my mind to my heart and began the main meditation.

I focused my attention at my heart, and concentrated on the three main characteristics of my mind – ‘the function of my mind is to know and understand objects. The nature of my mind is clarity. The location of my mind is at my heart’. I repeated these words over and over again while concentrating on their meaning.

After a while it seemed to me that all objects were really at my heart (not ‘out there’) and that they were also the nature of clarity. Furthermore, my heart was an object, and therefore the nature of clarity. I focused on this understanding and feeling, and it felt like everything was in one place – at my heart – but at the same time everything was complete clarity and the nature of vast space-like emptiness. It was wonderful and an ideal object with which to practise placement meditation.

After I while I asked myself what this means in light of the practice of taking. I answered by thinking that to practise taking effectively, I will need stable concentration – the concentration of tranquil abiding. I then returned to my meditation on the function, nature and location of the mind.

Dedication

May all living beings realise their own minds, and through this attain Buddhahood – there is no other way.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep the feeling that all phenomena are by nature clarity, and located at my heart.