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By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

ISBN-10: 0948006129

ISBN-13: 9780948006128

This creation to Buddhist meditation offers heritage fabric on meditation - why we have to meditate; tips to arrange for meditation; and the way to get pleasure from a winning meditation consultation. It additionally teaches twenty-one easy-to-follow meditations, which jointly shape the whole Buddhist route to enlightenment. compatible for newcomers and extra complex meditators alike.

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Firstly, we remove from the soil anything that might obstruct their growth, such as stones and weeds. Secondly, we enrich the soil with compost or fertilizer to give it the strength to sustain growth. Thirdly, we provide warm, moist conditions to enable the seeds to germinate and the plants to grow. In the same way, to cultivate our inner crops of Dharma realizations we must also begin by making careful preparations. Firstly, we must purify our mind in order to eliminate the negative karma we have accumulated in the past for, if we do not purify our negative karma, it will obstruct the growth of Dharma realizations.

36 THE INITIAL SCOPE 3. DEATH AND IMPERMANENCE There are three ways in which we can make this human life meaningful: by using it to ensure that we take- rebirth as a human or a god in our next life, by using it to attain liberation, or by using it to attain full enlightenment. These attainments depend upon the practice of Dharma, but because we are so attached to worldly activities we do not have a strong wish to practise Dharma. This is our main obstacle. To overcome this obstacle we need to meditate on death.

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. PREPARATION We go for refuge, generate a, special bodhichitta motivation, and complete the other preparatory practices.

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