Firstly, thanks for reading this blog, and for being interested in Buddhism in general, and Kadampa Buddhism in particular.
Over the few years I have been writing Daily Lamrim, I have had several practices.
Following this, I meditated on one Lamrim object in the context of all the others – this cycle took 441 days to complete.
I then engaged in meditating on each Lamrim object once a day for a week – a sort of 21 week Lamrim retreat.
Most recently, I meditated on the Diagram of the Wheel of Life, in order to develop my renunciation.
I have just come back from a two week break where I had time to review my progress and make some plans.
I thought in particular about some of the meditation advice given by Luna Kadampa and Kadampa Ryan. Luna Kadampa advises that we should start our meditation by recognising some Dharma truth in our own lives, and building on the natural feeling we are experiencing – in her own words: Start where you are.
Kadampa Ryan advises that ‘we should do what moves our mind the most’, meaning that we should pay attention to the Dharma truths around us and use whatever we feel a strong connection with as our object of meditation.
Both these pieces of advice seem to be saying the same thing to me – that I should pay attention to what appears to me in my daily life, and meditate on it using Dharma wisdom to move my mind most quickly towards my goal.
Therefore, for the next couple of months at least, I will try to let my meditations be driven by my daily experiences, and meditate on whichever Lamrim object seems the most appropriate. This means I will take responsibility for identifying the object of meditation, rather than simply ‘doing what comes next in the cycle’. This will be a bit of a challenge, but I will do my best 🙂