The purpose of this meditation is to generate the determination to become a buddha for the benefit of all living beings.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about what is means to be ‘on the spiritual path’. Surely it means to be a Bodhisattva – one who wishes to become a buddha for the benefit of all. In the meditation session we become familiar with the wish, and the experience is so strong that it stays with us in the meditation break.

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I thought about this wish to become enlightened for the benefit of all until it was my only thought. I felt like I was moving in the direction of enlightenment – blissfully and swiftly, thanks to my reliance on the doctrine of Je Tsongkhapa and the protection of Dorje Shugden. It seemed to me that this wish should be part of my experience – my journey.

Like in Star Trek when the crew on the bridge are engaged in their work, in the background the viewscreen shows stars whizzing past. Like this, although I am engaged in my normal worldly affairs, I should also have the feeling that I am travelling. Boldly going, no less, to my destination – enlightenment.

I focused on this idea of not just the wish to become enlightened, by the implementation of the wish. I am on my journey! I stayed with this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings enter the spiritual path, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I might try imagining that the windows in whatever room I am in are actually Star Trek viewscreens, showing stars (buddhas and bodhisattvas) whizzing by, reminding me of my journey, and how to stay on course. Beam me up Scotty!