How to Have Successful Meditations
Just as we need to prepare carefully for an examination or a dinner party if it is to be a success, so we need to prepare carefully for meditation if we are to experience good results. Geshe Dag Powa said: “If we combine with our meditation the practices of purifying negativity, accumulating merit and making requests for inspiration to our Spiritual Guides and Yidam, there is no doubt that our mind will change. Since our present state of mind is impermanent, if we practise in this way repeatedly, although we may think we have no hope of gaining profound realizations, we will gain them quickly.”
Book referenced: Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Dec 1. What is meditation? How to start?
Explore the nature and purpose of Buddhist meditation. Learn how to have a successful meditation by following the six preparatory practices . Start by learning how to set up a shrine with representations of Buddha’s body, speech and mind, arranging suitable offerings, and correct meditation posture.
Meditation: Wishing Love
Dec 8. Going for refuge and generating pure motivation
Having compassion generates the causes of going for refuge and increases our wish to gain freedom from samsara for ourself and others. This way of going for refuge increases our realizations of renunciation and enhances our compassion. Learn to visualize the Three Jewels – Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha.
Meditation: Visualizing the objects of refuge
Dec 15. Essential components of a successful meditation
The practices of accumulating merit and purifying negativity provide essential supports for our meditation to attain spiritual realization, like the limbs supporting a body to perform physical actions. Learn the first three of the seven limbs practice of (1) Prostration, (2) Offering and (3) Confession.
Meditation: Confession and purification of negative karma
Dec 22. More essentials of a successful meditation
Accumulating merit and purifying negativity by offering the practice of (4) Rejoicing, (5) Beseeching the Buddhas and Spiritual Guides not to pass away, (6) Requesting the Buddhas and Spiritual Guides to turn the Wheel of Dharma and (7) Dedication.
Dec 29. Offering the mandala and requesting blessings
Learn ritual mandala offering. Create immense merit by mentally transforming the whole universe into a Pure Land and offer to the Three Jewels. We then make heartfelt requests to receive inspiration and blessings. If we practise like this, we will definitely gain realizations.
Meditation: Universal compassion
This class uses Prayers for Meditation. You can get a copy of this booklet from our online shop.
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