Meditation on the Buddha
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Begin by observing your breath for a few minutes to calm the mind.
Think of the qualities of infinite
love, compassion, wisdom, skillful means, and other wonderful qualities
you aspire to develop. What would it feel like to be those qualities?
Get a sense of the expansiveness and peace of having a wise and
kind heart that reaches out impartially to work for the benefit
of all beings.
Those qualities of love, compassion, wisdom, skillful means, and
so on now appear in the physical form of the Buddha, in the space
in front of you. He sits on an open lotus flower, and flat sun and
His body is made of radiant, transparent light, as is the entire
visualization. His body is golden and he wears the robes of a monk.
His right palm rests on his right knee and his left is in his lap,
holding a bowl of nectar, which is medicine to cure our afflictions
and other hindrances.
The Buddha's face is very beautiful. His smiling, compassionate
gaze looks at you with total acceptance and simultaneously encompasses
all sentient beings. His eyes are long, narrow, and peaceful. His
lips are red and his earlobes long.
Rays of light emanate from each pore of the Buddha's body and reach
every part of the universe. These rays carry countless miniature
Buddhas, some going out to help beings, other dissolving back into
the Buddha after having finished their work.
The Buddha is surrounded by the entire lineage of spiritual teachers,
all meditation deities, innumerable other Buddhas, bodhisattvas,
arhats, dakas, dakinis, and Dharma protectors. To the side of each
spiritual master is an elegant table upon which are arranged volumes
of Dharma teachings.
Surrounding you are all sentient beings appearing in human form,
with your mother on your left and your father on your right. The
people you do not get along with are in front of you. All of you
are looking at the Buddha for guidance.
Refuge and Bodhicitta
To cultivate a sense of refuge,
first think of the dangers of cyclic existence by remembering your
own lack of security, dissatisfaction, and suffering. Then think
of all other sentient beings who, like you, flounder in cyclic existence,
and generate compassion for them. Finally, think of the wonderful
qualities of the Buddhas, Dharma, and Sangha, and generate confidence
in their ability to guide you from the constantly recurring problems
of cyclic existence. Since it is possible on the basis of your present
life and mind to free yourself from all these undesirable experiences,
resolve to explore that possibility to its fullest. Feel great trust
and confidence in the Three Jewels and open your heart to rely on
them to guide you and others from the torments of cyclic existence
to the peace of liberation and enlightenment.
As you take refuge, imagine leading all the sentient beings around
you in going for refuge to the Three Jewels. Visualize radiant light
flowing from the spiritual mentors, Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and other
holy beings into you and into all the beings around you, completely
purifying all negative karmic imprints and afflictions. The light
also enriches you with all the wondrous qualities and realizations
of the path.
Namo Sanghaya. (3x
Feel that you and all others have come
under the protection of the Three Jewels.
Now turn your thoughts to others and contemplate how much we depend
on them for everything we enjoy and know in our lives. Our food,
clothing, and everything we use and enjoy come due to their efforts.
Similarly, our knowledge, talents, and good qualities have been
developed due to the kindness of others. Even our ability to practice
the Dharma and gain realizations depends on the kindness of sentient
Just as your innermost wish is to be free from suffering and to
abide in happiness, so too is it the aspiration of all other beings.
But, they, like you, encounter sufferings and problems in their
lives, and often their difficulties are much worse than your own.
Examine your capacity to help them. At this time your ability to
help them is quite limited, but if you reduce your own ignorance,
anger, attachment, and other faults, and increase your good qualities
such as generosity, patience, loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom,
you will be of greater benefit. If you become fully enlightened,
you will be of the greatest possible benefit to all beings. Thus
generate the altruistic intention to become a Buddha in order to
benefit all sentient beings most effectively. As you recite the
refuge and bodhicitta prayer, much light flows from the Buddhas
and other holy beings into you and all other sentient beings around
you, purifying and enriching your minds.
I take refuge until I am enlightened in
the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the positive potential
I create by practicing generosity and the other far-reaching attitudes,
may I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings.
The Buddha is extremely pleased with
your altruistic intention. A replica emerges from him and goes to
the crown of your head. He melts into golden, radiant light that
flows into you, and you and the Buddha become inseparable. Feel
close to the Buddha, and feel that your mind has been inspired and
Let go of all conceptions you have about yourself, particularly
any self-denigrating thoughts and the concept of inherent existence,
and meditate on emptiness. (Meditate)
At your heart appears a small Buddha made of light.
He radiates the light of wisdom and compassion in all directions,
throughout the entire universe. The light transforms all sentient
beings into Buddhas and transforms all environments into pure lands--places
with all conducive circumstances for practicing the Dharma and generating
realizations of the path. (Meditate)
You have transformed all sentient beings
and their environments into enlightened beings and pure lands in
your imagination. Why hasn't this become a reality? Because we sentient
beings have bias and prejudice, and lack love, compassion, and joy.
Wishing yourself and others to have these, contemplate the four
immeasurables. Reinforce your feelings of love, compassion, joy,
and equanimity for everyone--friends, relatives, strangers, as well
as those who you dislike, mistrust, disapprove of and those who
have harmed you in the past.
May all sentient beings have happiness and its
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes.
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment
Now offer the seven-limb prayer to purify
negativities and create positive potential.
Reverently I prostrate with my body, speech,
Imagine you and sentient beings throughout
infinite space bow to the field of positive potential.
And present clouds of every type of offering,
actual and mentally transformed.
Imagine every beautiful object you can
and offer it to the field of positive potential. Imagine the sky
filled with lovely offerings, and offer them. Similarly, think of
everything and everyone to whom you are attached, and offer them
to the field of positive potential as well.
I confess all my negative actions accumulated
since beginningless time,
Acknowledge your past mistakes and harmful
actions and purify them by contemplating the four opponent powers:
1) regret, 2) taking refuge and generating bodhicitta, 3) determining
not to do them again, and 4) engaging in a remedial action.
And rejoice in the virtues of all holy and ordinary
Think of the virtues of all the holy and
ordinary beings and feel happy. Abandon any feeling of jealousy
or envy and rejoice in all the goodness in the world.
Please remain until cyclic existence ends,
Offer a double dorje, symbolizing long
life, to the field of positive potential, and request them to live
long and always be part of your life.
And turn the wheel of Dharma for sentient beings.
Offer a thousand-spoked Dharma wheel to
the field of positive potential, requesting them to teach the Dharma
and to guide you in your practice.
I dedicate all the virtues of myself and others
to the great enlightenment.
Rejoicing at your own and others' positive
potential, dedicate it to the enlightenment of yourself and all
(Optional: Do the "Extensive
With the wish to offer everything in the
universe in order to receive Dharma teachings and to realize them
in your mindstream, imagine the entire universe and everything beautiful
in it, and respectfully offer it to the field of positive potential.
This ground, anointed with perfume, flowers
Mount Meru, four lands, sun and moon,
Imagined as a Buddha land and offered to you.
May all beings enjoy this pure land.
The objects of attachment, aversion and ignorance--friends,
enemies and strangers, my body, wealth and enjoyments--I offer these
without any sense of loss. Please accept them with pleasure, and
inspire me and others to be free from the three poisonous attitudes.
Idam guru ratna mandala kam nirya tayami.
All the beings in the field of positive
potential receive your offerings with delight. The offerings dissolve
into light and absorb into the Buddha's heart. From his heart, light
radiates to you, filling your body and mind, and inspiring you to
accomplish the path.
To progress on the path and develop the
realizations of the path to enlightenment, you need the inspiration
of the lineage of spiritual masters, especially your principal teacher
or root guru, the one who touched your heart so deeply with the
Dharma. Thus request:
Glorious and precious root guru, sit upon the
lotus and moon seat on my crown. Guiding me with your great kindness,
bestow upon me the attainments of your body, speech, and mind.
A replica of your teacher, in the aspect
of the Buddha, emerges from the Buddha in front of you and comes
to sit on a lotus and moon cushion on your head, facing the same
direction as you. The Buddha on your crown acts as an advocate for
you in requesting inspiration from the entire field of positive
potential as you make request to the lineage teachers:
Buddha, unequalled teacher and guide; Venerable
protector Maitreya, his successor; Superior Asanga, prophesied by
Buddha; to you three Buddhas and bodhisattvas I make request.
Buddha, head of the Shakya clan, the foremost
guide, peerless in expounding emptiness; Manjushri, embodiment of
the Buddhas' complete wisdom; exalted Nagarjuna, best of the Superiors
who sees the profound meaning; to you three crowning jewels of clear
exposition I make request.
Atisha, upholder of this great vehicle, who
sees the profundity of dependent arising; Drom Rinpoche, elucidator
of this good path; to these two ornaments of the world I make request.
Avalokiteshvara, great treasure of objectless
compassion; Manjushri, master of flawless wisdom; Tsongkhapa, crown
jewel of the Snowy Land's sages; Lobsang Drakpa, I make request
at your feet.
Holder of the white lotus, embodiment of all
the conquerors' compassion, guide benefiting migrating beings in
the land of snow mountains and beyond, sole deity and refuge, Tenzin
Gyatso, at your feet, I make request.
The eyes through whom the vast scriptures are
seen, supreme doors for the fortunate who would cross over to spiritual
freedom, illuminators whose wise means vibrate with compassion,
to the entire line of spiritual masters I make request.
(Optional: Review the gradual path by reciting
Foundation of All Good Qualities" or "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path.")
All the figures in the field of positive
potential melt into light and dissolve into the central figure of
the Buddha in front of you. As the embodiment of the Three Jewels,
the Buddha now absorbs into the Buddha on your crown. As you recite
the Buddha's mantra, much white light flows from the Buddha into
you, purifying all negativities and obscurations and generating
within you all the realizations of the gradual path.
Tayata om muni muni maha muniye soha.
(at least 21x)
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Meditation on the Gradual Path
Now do one of the analytical
meditations of the gradual path.
At the conclusion of your meditation,
the Buddha on your head melts into light and dissolves into you.
Your body, speech, and mind become inseparable from those of the
Due to this merit may we soon
Attain the enlightened state of Guru Buddha,
That we may be able to liberate
All sentient beings from their sufferings.
May the precious bodhi mind
Not yet born arise and grow.
May that born have no decline,
But increase forever more.
In the snowy mountain paradise
You're the source of good and happiness,
Powerful Tenzin Gyatso Chenresig,
May you stay until samsara ends.