The purpose of this meditation is to develop the feeling and knowledge that our refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is the context for our life.

I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about how the first three meditations are not necessarily Buddhist in nature. It is objectively true that we have a human life and we have conditions necessary for spiritual development. It is objectively true that we will die, and it is objectively true that we will have future lives in which we will have to experience sufferings.

At this point in the Lamrim we begin to do something about these truths by entering Buddhism. I thought about how Buddha is the supreme doctor to gives us the medicine to cure our sufferings. I thought about how I need to take the medicine of Dharma to actually cure my own sickness, and how I need to rely on the skilful nurses of Sangha to help me in my treatment. I thought about how all these things should be the context of my everyday life. I need to interweave these attitudes into my everyday life so that they underpin all my thoughts and actions. I need to see them as the context of my life from now on because I need to rely constantly on the Three Jewels from the very beginning of my spiritual practice right up until my final attainment of enlightenment.

Therefore, I need to rely upon the Three Jewels constantly. I thought about this point and made it the object of my meditation. I felt like my reliance upon the Three Jewels flowed completely through my whole life, and when the feeling was strong, I focused on it.

Dedication

May all living beings rely upon the Three Precious Jewels.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep my reliance strong.