The purpose of this meditation is to generate the wish to impute our ‘I’ upon the Lamrim, and actually believe that we have abandoned our normal states of mind and are completely mixed with the Lamrim.

I began by making the appropriate preparations before moving on to the main meditation.

peaceI thought about how the Lamrim objects are components of a perfect mind. Each of the objects is an action which will take us to enlightenment. I thought about them all, and it seemed to me that they boiled down to four main minds – renunciation, bodhichitta, emptiness and reliance upon a Spiritual Guide.

I then thought that without my precious human life, I would not be able to know about these minds, or be able to generate them. My precious human life gives me access to these special thoughts. I contemplated how fortunate I am to have a precious human life which gives me access to the Lamrim.

I then thought about how my aim is to replace all my normal faulty thoughts with Lamrim thoughts. If I am confronted with an angry person, instead of generating anger myself, I should focus on cherishing love. If I find myself becoming attached to things, I should remember emptiness and impermanence.

I imagined my mind had become completely mixed with renunciation, bodhichitta, emptiness and reliance, and I kept going through them one at a time until they merged into one ‘Lamrim’ realisation. I believed strongly that this was my mind and this was ‘me’. It felt really wonderful. I felt like I had completely changed my mind into a pure light, and I identified with this light. It was lovely, and I focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings gather the Lamrim minds until they can impute their ‘I’ upon a completely pure mind.

Practice in the Meditation Break

For as long as I can, I will check to see what mind I am using in situations, and switch to a Lamrim mind instead.