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By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

This creation to Buddhist meditation presents history fabric on meditation - why we have to meditate; the right way to arrange for meditation; and the way to take pleasure in a winning meditation consultation. It additionally teaches twenty-one easy-to-follow meditations, which jointly shape the whole Buddhist route to enlightenment. appropriate for newcomers and extra complex meditators alike.

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24 THE PREPARATORY PRACTICES THE PREPARATORY PRAYERS Going for refuge We imagine ourself and all other sentient beings going for refuge while reciting three· times: I and all sentient beings, until we achieve enlightenment, Go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. (3x, 7x, lOOx, or more) Generating bodhichitta Through· the virtues I collect by giving and other perfections, May I become a Buddha for the benefit of all. (3x) Generating the four immeasurables May everyone be happy, May everyone be free from misery, May no one ever be separated from their happiness, May everyone have equanimity, free from hatred and attachment.

DEDICATION We dedicate all the virtues we have created in this meditation practice to the welfare of all living beings by reciting the dedication prayers. SUBSEQUENT PRACTICE During the meditation break we should not forget the danger of taking a lower rebirth. This helps us to maintain mindfulness and conscientiously to avoid nonvirtuous actions. We are also inspired to seek refuge in the Three Jewels, the actual protection from suffering. 42 THE INITIAL SCOPE 5. REFUGE PRACTICE Having developed fear by contemplating the danger of lower rebirth, we now consider how the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, have complete power to protect us.

Smiling at us with the love of a father for his dearest child, Buddha radiates rays of light and nectar from his heart which enter the crown of our head and fill our whole body. This purifies all our hindrances to attaining deep experience of the topic on which we are about to meditate and makes our mind very clear, positive, and powerful. We should firmly believe that this happens. Contemplation and meditation Now that we have purified our mind, accumulated merit, and received blessings, we are ready to begin our contemplation and meditation by following the specific instructions given for each meditation.

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