The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish to rely upon the Three Jewels to protect us from lower rebirth, and then to consider what this means in light of giving.

I began by dissolving my Guru into my heart, and letting the feeling of stillness and stability fill my mind. After a while, I moved on…

I began by thinking about the dangers of lower rebirth from my meditation yesterday. I thought briefly about how I could lose my path, and with my mind filling with delusions, I could end up surrounded by enemies who cannot help but harm me continuously. The prospect was very real, and I thought about how I can obtain protection from this fate.

I thought about how the Lamrim objects are the components of a protected mind. My aim is to replace my faulty mind, filled with delusions, with a perfect mind, filled with virtuous thoughts and happiness. Until I have achieved this, I need to rely upon the Three Jewels. If everything else is falling apart, I just need to maintain my faith in the Three Jewels and I will be ok. Buddha will provide the Dharma medicine, and the Sangha will be there to help me. It won’t happen overnight, but if I maintain my faith and refuge in the Three Jewels, it will happen.

I focused on this feeling of building a new mind filled with Lamrim objects, based on the firm foundation of my refuge in the Three Jewels, and I let the feeling of protection and hop fill my mind – I kept with this feeling for a while…

I then thought about what this means in light of the practice of giving.

The intention to give without self-cherishing is one of the minds that I aspire to incorporate eternally into my mental continuum. I thought briefly about The New Meditation Handbook, and how it could also be called The New Mind Handbook, because the meditations are all pointing towards elements which together would comprise a perfect mind. I want to incorporate all the Lamrim minds into my mind – I want to rebuild my mind. To to this, I need to rely perfectly on the Three Jewels. With this in mind, I returned to my wish to take refuge perfectly in the Three Jewels.

Dedication

May all living beings rebuild their minds, eliminating delusions and incorporating virtues, so that they become manifest and complete Buddhas through their Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember the benefits of going for refuge and recite the refuge prayers and vows throughout today, and keep a mind of refuge.