The purpose of this meditation turned out to be what it means to rely upon our Spiritual Guide.

geshe-la-black-and-whiteI made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began by reminding myself that by relying upon my Spiritual Guide, all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will be delighted. I thought of my kind Spiritual Guide sitting in front of me and all the millions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (and other holy beings) gathered around him. I cannot perceive any of these other beings because of the delusions clouding my mind. All I can perceive directly is him. Without him, I would have no link to these holy beings.

I thought about growing close to him and asked myself what this really means. As I thought about it, it seemed to me that part of relying upon my Spiritual Guide is to emulate him as much as possible. I cannot emulate his physical appearance, but I can emulate his thoughts and his actions. He has kindly described his mind to me in his books. All I need to do is read his books and understand how he sees things and thinks about things. He has also given a perfect example of how to behave, and he has described the actions of a Bodhisatta and a Buddha in his books.

It seemed to me that my task was to read, contemplate and meditate on his works, and try to emulate him as closely as possible. To become like him, and then to become him.

I took this as my object of meditation – I reminded myself repeatedly that my task is to become like him, and then become him. I felt as though I were coming closer and closer to him until I became unseperable from him. Once the feeling was firm, I focused on it.


May all living beings find their Spiritual Guide, and delight all the Buddhas by sincerely relying upon him or her.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember all the teachings I have heard and read, and take them as personal advice, and put them into practice.