The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of reliance upon the Guru.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then did breathing meditation until I was completely tranquil and peaceful.

ImageI then moved on to think about the advantages of relying upon my Spiritual Guide. Through reliance upon him, I will make my life meaningful. At the moment, my life is meaningless. I fumble around my daily life, my mind filled with scattered, disjointed thoughts – some positive, some negative. If I die today, and have chance before I actually die to consider what I have done with my life, I will see that it is mostly wasted; mostly meaningless.

But if I rely upon my Spiritual Guide I can make my life meaningful. If I imagine my Spiritual Guide is with me all the time, he will influence my thoughts and actions. If I feel his living presence in my life wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I will be mindful of my actions, and I will behave in virtuous ways. I will cherish others. I will love others. I will remember death. I will abandon samsaric pleasures. I will remember my deepest wish – to become enlightened for the benefit of all living beings. I will remember that all phenomena are deceptive because they do not exist in the way they appear. I will walk the path of the Bodhisattvas, remain happy all the time, and be of maximum benefit to all other living beings.

I will fill the unforgiving minute, with sixty seconds of distance run.

And I will reap the harvest of a meaningful life, through reliance upon my Spiritual Guide.

I focused on all these points, and I felt like my Spiritual Guide was right here, with me, and that he would be with me throughout my life, if only I would keep looking in the right direction. I made the determination to recognise the living presence of my Spiritual Guide in my life now (in meditation) and in the meditation break. He is here, with me as I write.

I settled on this recognition and joy for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings fill their unforgiving minute with sixty seconds of distance run.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try my best to maintain awareness of the living presence of my kind friend, my Spiritual Guide.