I made the appropriate preparations for meditation then I started contemplating the object of today’s meditation-exchanging self with others.

When we exchange self with others it does not mean that we become the other person and the other person becomes us. When we exchange self with others it means that we abandon self cherishing and instead cherish others-we exchange the object of cherishing.

I contemplated: my self cherishing mind has caused me continual problems in life after life. Cherishing others leads to clean happiness-clean and free from self cherishing. 


I focused on the wish for clean happiness-for the mind the cherished only others. As I became absorbed into this mind I experienced a beautiful happiness which filled my consciousness. I stayed with this feeling of the rest of the meditation.

May all living beings develop clean happiness.

VK

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation.

After breathing out my distractions began by contemplating the benefits cherishing others. To cherish others means to believe that the happiness of others is important and the freedom from suffering  of others is important. In short cherishing others simply means wanting others to be happy.

I thought about each member of my family and imagined making them happy and seeing their face smiling back at me. I went through each member of my family and imagined their smiling face.

The strange thing was that as I saw their smiling face, I was filled with happiness. 


I focused on this feeling of happiness and joy and related it directly to my cherishing of others. It was lovely.

I focused on this feeling of joy (and it’s meaning) for the rest of the meditation. 

May all living beings make the connection. 

VK

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation.

I began by recalling how all my experiences are created by my actions. Good experiences are caused by good actions and bad experiences are caused by bad actions. My negative actions are always driven by negative states of mind. And behind these negative states of mind is one attitude: self cherishing.

Self cherishing is an attitude which says that I am more important than others, that my freedom from suffering and my happiness are more important than that of others. But this goes against my previous meditation in which I equalised myself and others. Also when ever I indulge in self cherishing it leads me to commit negative actions which in turn cause me suffering. 

I thought about how self cherishing causes my suffering and then I thought “what does this mean for me? “.


If there is a place which always causes me pain then I naturally avoid that place.  If there is a person who always causes me pain I avoid that person. And then I thought “self cherishing always causes me pain”. 

I reached a firm decision- “Whenever I feel self cherishing in my mind I will reject it as the cause of all my suffering. ”

I focused on this intention for the rest of the meditation.

Mail all living beings abandon self cherishing.

VK

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and the cleared my mind. 

I began by recollecting that everyone is my kind mother, and focusing on their kindness both now and in the past. 

I contemplated that they are suffering beings trapped in samara just like me. Not only should I feel a warmth and friendliness to them – I should feel a kinship and a sharing of our situation. I moved to feeling a deep sense of caring for them as much as I care for myself, and I focused on this shared caring for the rest of the meditation.  

May we all cherish each other as much as we cherish ourselves. 

VK 

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation. 

I then settled down to think about how kind all my mothers have been to me. When they were my mother they cared for me and protected me. Each one of them would have put themselves in danger for me, and taken my place if they could when I was ill or in pain. They thought constantly about my welfare and although I forgot about them, they never forgot me. 

Even now they help me by providing food and shelter in this world as well as many comforts and conveniences. 


I mulled over all the kindness I have received and I felt very grateful and humble. I felt a genuine affection for all my kind mothers, which I focused on for the rest of the meditation. 

May we all remember the kindness of others and never forget them. 

VK

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then breathed away all my mental and physical  distractions. When I felt balanced and clear I began my contemplation. 

Everything that appears to me is a mere appearance. Trains, buildings and food – mere appearance to mind. The constant in all these things is my mind. In the end, my body’s death will appear to my mind and my gross and subtle minds will dissolve into my very subtle mind. After my death subtle mind will develop from my very subtle mind, and from this gross minds will develop. At this point a new life will have begun. 

Because my mind continues from life to life, I have many mothers – one in each life. Where are all these mothers now? They are all the living beings I see around me now. 


I settled on the point – because my mind continues from life to life, every living being I meet has been my mother. I repeated this thought until I felt very close to each and every living being. When the feeling faded I repeated the contemplation and regained the feeling of closeness – everyone is my mother, my mother, my mother. 

May we all realise the truth right before our eyes. 

VK. 

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began my meditation on equanimity. 

Friends become enemies. Enemies become friends. Strangers become enemies. Enemies become strangers. Strangers become friends. Friends become strangers. The people we meet in this world are constantly changing their status, and believing their temporary status to be their intrinsic nature, we develop atttachment, hatred or ignorance towards them. 

How exhausting and illogical!

Who is the intrinsic enemy if they can become our friend or a stranger? How can I develop hatred toward them?

The most beneficial attitude is a constant feeling of warmth and friendliness towards friends, enemies and strangers alike. I focused on this feeling of equanimity for the rest of the meditation. 

May all living being develop equanimity. 

VK

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then settled down to contemplate the many faults of samsara. 

I thought about the suffering of the people I see and hear about. I have had so many past lives that I may as well say I have been all these people. 

  • The woman who’s bones are crumbling
  • The disabled child
  • The woman raped by a solider
  • The bankrupt businessman
  • The politician living a lie
  • The torturer
  • The bully’s victim
  • The fear filled gangster 
  • The hopeless lonely office worker
  • The baby buried in a collapsed building
  • The drowning refugee

The list is endless. 

I thought that unless I escape samsara now I will have to walk in their shoes again and again. 


I developed the sincere wish to leave samsara. I’m done here. I focused on that wish for the rest of the meditation. 

May we all leave samsara. 

VK

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and the. Settled my mind for the fifth Lamrim meditation. 

I contemplated how my actions are the direct case of my experiences. If we believe in karma then we believe this. We do not look for other cusses for our happiness or suffering. We do not blame others for our misfortune. We take responsibility for our future. 


I thought about how j need to create pure actions. I thought ‘I must create pure actions’. I repeated this thought and settles on the sincere wish to create only pure actions. 

May all living beings create pure actions. 

VK

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and with my mind blissfully mixed with my Guru’s mind, I began. 

I started by remembering the three holy objects of true refuge – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Buddha is like the skilful doctor who diagnosed our illness and prescribes the right medicine. Dharma is the medicine itself which will cure us, and the Sangha are like the dedicated nurses who can help us. 

I focused for this meditation on the Buddha Jewel. Buddha has infinite wisdom. I need to rely on the wisdom of Buddha rather than my own. Listening to my own ‘wisdom’ has not freed me from suffering.


Now is the time to rely on the wisdom of Buddha. I focused on this thought and felt a connection – a path to Buddhahood. I will follow this path and I will kneel and make offerings at the feet of Buddha. 

I focused on this blissful reliance for the rest of the meditation. 

May all living beings rely upon Buddha. 

VK

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