The purpose of this meditation is to strengthen our reliance upon our Spiritual Guide.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about the meaning of my life. As I am very familiar with Buddhism, it is sometimes easy to forget how fortunate I am in having it in my life.
I spent a few moments looking at the world outside my Buddhist frame of reference. There are wars; there is terrorism; there are earthquakes, floods storms etc. There is sickness, ageing and death. People are working hard to find some meaning and happiness but they are looking in vain, because it is obvious that true lasting happiness cannot be found where people are normally looking. There is more and more interest in mindfulness, and this is wonderful, but without Dharma, mindfulness is a limited exercise.
I concluded that there is no real meaning to life without Dharma being lived.
I focused on the source of Dharma in my life – my guru. I developed faith and respect for him, and recognised that the Dharma he teaches is very special, and offers me the rare opportunity to be free from all samsaric sufferings. I then decided that I will put his Dharma into practice, and from this effort I will attain enlightenment. I made a little prayer:
Geshe-la, you have come into my life and given it meaning. The Dharma you teach is very special. I promise to put your teachings into practice, and through this effort I promise to become an enlightened being, and help all other living beings escape from samsara. Please bless me so that I can achieve this.
I repeated this prayer many times until the four elements (Guru – teachings – practice – enlightenment) became one thought and I focused on this blissful conclusion for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings be freed from their suffering.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to remember my Guru, his Dharma, my practice and my goal.