Boundless love :- meditation 3

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Daily meditations and practice 1-3

Two meditation sessions of 10 minutes each, practiced as mentioned below:

– Turn off your phone or alternatively put it somewhere (or put it into a mode) that will not disturb or distract you for the duration of the meditation session.

– Sit in 7 Points of Vairocana meditation posture (alternatively sitting comfortably with your back as straight as possible)

– be aware of your state of mind before you start and take this into account when you are doing your meditations. For example, if you are very tired it might be very difficult for you to concentrate, be drowsy without awareness and easily fall asleep, adjust for this. Alternatively, you have just had an argument with somebody and your mind is racing or is very busy and this too will affect your meditation

1)Recite the aspiration prayer of the four boundless qualities.

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
May they never be separated from the great happiness which is devoid of suffering.
May they forever remain in boundless equanimity, free from both attachment and aversion.

2) Three minutes of being present with awareness (open awareness)

3) contemplation for 5 minutes :

Bring to mind someone else and yourself, or a small group of people including yourself, whoever you wish and sincerely wish for that person / them and yourself to be happy.

It can be the same person, a different person or a different group for each session. It can be family, a friend, a stranger or a perceived enemy.

During this meditation, at your own tempo, recite the line “ may we have happiness and all the causes of happiness”.

– after being aware and accepting of the fact that “we” wish for happiness, bring to mind the fact that other people are just like us in their quest for happiness.  What is the purpose that we embark on so many activities, seek fame, status, fortune, wealth, relationships etc? It is because we desire happiness and we believe that the actions we engage in will help us to be happy and achieve our desire for happiness.

4) Two minutes of being present with awareness (open awareness)

5) conclude with the dedication prayer

By this merit may all attain omniscience.

Having defeated the enemies of wrongdoing.

In the turbulent waves of birth, old age, sickness and death;

May all beings be liberated from the ocean of samsara!

Post meditation practices

Be aware of our desire to be happy while going about one’s daily activities.

Whoever you meet, whoever you are about to contact, message or from whomever you receive a message from, wish “ may we have happiness and all the causes of happiness”.

In the morning and in the evening bring to mind at least:

a) three things that you have to be grateful for. It may be for the people who support you in your life, it could be for your help, just simply for the oxygen which allows us to breathe or the water we have to be able to drink.

b) three ways in which your life is interdependent with others.

Be aware of how often you tend towards talking or thinking about negative things or about what “is wrong with the world’.

Note: if anyone is unsure about how to go about the practices, or how to meditate in the present with awareness, please don’t be shy and feel free to contact me.

This chapter is part of: Introduction Course - Part 2: Bodhichitta