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By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

This creation to Buddhist meditation presents history fabric on meditation - why we have to meditate; tips to organize for meditation; and the way to take pleasure in a profitable meditation consultation. It additionally teaches twenty-one easy-to-follow meditations, which jointly shape the full Buddhist route to enlightenment. compatible for newcomers and extra complicated meditators alike.

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If we wish to practise Dharma but have not yet met a Spiritual Guide, we should be encouraged by the determination made during the meditation to search for a qualified Spiritual Guide who can teach us the stages of the path and guide us towards enlightenment. 32 THE INITIAL SCOPE 2. OUR PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE By doing this meditation we will come to realize that this human life is very precious because it provides us with a special opportunity to practise Dharma. Once we realize this we shall make a strong determination not to waste our life, but to use it to practise Dharma purely.

Th in the lower realms. This feeling of fear is our object of meditation. 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.

We imagine that the whole universe transforms into a Buddha's Pure Land which we offer to the Field of Merit with the prayer that all living beings may soon come to live in such a Pure. Land. To make the mandala offering we visualize that we hold in our hands a vast and circular golden base. In the centre stands Mount Meru. Around this are four island continents, and in the space above are the sun and the moon. Everything pure and beautiful is included in the mandala. When we recite the second verse of the mandala offering we offer everything that stimulates our delusions.

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