I have now reached the end of the set of 14 meditations described by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in the book ‘How to Understand the Mind’. Traditionally I should now return to the beginning of the cycle and begin once more with our Precious Human Life meditation.
This shorter presentation of the Lamrim meditations (14 instead of the 21 presented in the New Meditation Handbook) omits several meditations, but includes them implicitly in the 14. There is one however which I feel I must practice specifically – the meditation on Reliance upon a Spiritual Guide. Within the book ‘How to Understand the Mind’ Geshe-la gives a beautiful contemplation on what it means to rely sincerely upon a Spiritual Guide, and I decided to take this as my personal additional 15th meditation in my Lamrim cycle.
I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by bringing to mind the beautiful contemplation:
Sometimes my delusions are strong and sometimes they are weak. This indicates that they are impermanent. If they can be reduced temporarily, they can be eradicated altogether; so why can I not attain liberation? Buddha said that everyone has Buddha nature. If I rely sincerely upon my Spiritual Guide and practice sincerely what he or she teaches me, there is no reason why I cannot attain enlightenment.
With my mind empowered by my Guru’s blessings, I can accomplish anything.
I focused on each part of this logical progression, from the basic fact that thoughts come and go in my mind to the wonderfully inspiring notion that with my mind empowered by my Guru’s blessings, I can accomplish anything.
I felt thrilled and full of confidence. My closest friend and helper, my kind root Guru, my protector is here with me now in my heart, and if I listen to what he says, and put it sincerely into practice there is no reason why I cannot attain enlightenment.
I focused on this thought and enjoyed an beautiful experience of being close to my Guru, receiving his blessings and knowing that I can accomplish anything.
May all living beings find their Holy Spiritual Guide, and accomplish the real meaning of their human life.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to maintain the feeling of being close to my Guru, and to sincerely put into practice what he teaches.