Mirror of Dharma Meditations

 

Precious Human Life

THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The purpose of this meditation is to encourage ourself to take the real meaning of our human life and not to waste it in meaningless activities.

 

THE OBJECT OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The object of this meditation, or the object on which we focus single-pointedly, is our determination to practise Dharma purely and sincerely. We should learn to develop this determination through contemplating the above explanation of the purpose of this meditation. When, through this contemplation, a firm determination to practise Dharma purely and sincerely develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.

 

THE ACTUAL MEDITATION

 

We should think:

 

At present I have briefly reached the human world and have the opportunity to attain permanent liberation from suffering and the supreme happiness of enlightenment through putting Dharma into practice. If I waste this precious opportunity in meaningless activities there is no greater loss and no greater foolishness.

 

Thinking in this way we make the strong determination to practise Dharma, Buddha’s teachings, of the stages of the path to enlightenment sincerely and purely, while we have the opportunity. We hold this determination in our heart without forgetting it and remain on it single-pointedly for as long as possible.

 

Through continually training in this meditation we will develop a spontaneous wish to practise Dharma, the stages of the path, purely and sincerely. This wish is the realization of this meditation. During the meditation break we should put our determination into practice.

 

Meditation on Death

THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEDITATION

The purpose of this meditation is to prevent the laziness of attachment, the main obstacle to Dharma practice.

THE OBJECT OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The object of this meditation is our thought ‘I may die today, I may die today.’ We should learn to develop this thought through contemplating the above explanation of the purpose of this meditation. When, through this contemplation, the thought ‘I may die today, I may die today’ develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.

 

THE ACTUAL MEDITATION

 

We contemplate and think:

 

I will definitely die. There is no way to prevent my body from finally decaying. Day by day, moment by moment, my life is slipping away. I have no idea when I will die; the time of death is completely uncertain. Many young people die before their parents, some die the moment they are born – there is no certainty in this world. Furthermore, there are so many causes of untimely death. The lives of many strong and healthy people are destroyed by accidents. There is no guarantee that I will not die today.

 

Having repeatedly contemplated these points, we mentally repeat over and over again, ‘I may die today, I may die today’, and concentrate on this belief. We transform our mind into this belief ‘I may die today’ and remain on it single-pointedly for as long as possible.

 

Through continually training in this meditation we will develop each and every day the spontaneous belief ‘I may die today’. This belief is the realization of this meditation. During the meditation break we think, ‘Since I will soon have to depart from this world, there is no sense in my becoming attached to the things of this life. Instead, from now on I will devote my whole life to practising Dharma purely and sincerely.’ We then maintain this determination day and night, without laziness.

 

We need to apply effort in our Dharma practice. Realizing that worldly pleasures are deceptive, and that they distract us from using our life in a meaningful way, we should abandon attachment to them. In this way, we can eliminate laziness, the main obstacle to pure Dharma practice.

Meditation on the Dangers of Lower Rebirth

THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEDITATION

The purpose of this meditation is to encourage us to prepare protection from the dangers of lower rebirth.

 

THE OBJECT OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The object of this meditation is our feeling of fear of taking rebirth in the lower realms as an animal, a hungry ghost or a hell being. We should learn to develop this feeling of fear through contemplating the above explanation of the purpose of this meditation. When, through this contemplation, a feeling of fear of taking such a rebirth develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation. In general fear is meaningless, but the fear generated here has great meaning. It arises from our wisdom and directly leads us to prepare the actual protection from taking lower rebirth, which is sincerely seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, or in Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. As the result of this, our next rebirth will be a precious human rebirth, which will give us the opportunity to continually make progress in our practice of Dharma, both Sutra and Tantra. Or our next rebirth will be in Keajra Pure Land through being led there by Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. If we do not generate this fear now, we will never prepare these protections.

 

THE ACTUAL MEDITATION

 

We contemplate as follows:

When the oil of an oil lamp is exhausted, the flame goes out because the flame is produced from the oil; but when our body dies our consciousness is not extinguished, because consciousness is not produced from the body. When we die our mind has to leave this present body, which is just a temporary abode, and find another body, rather like a bird leaving one nest to fly to another. Our mind has no freedom to remain and no choice about where to go. We are blown to the place of our next rebirth by the winds of our actions or karma (our good fortune or misfortune). If the karma that ripens at our death time is negative, we will definitely take a lower rebirth. Heavy negative karma causes rebirth in hell, middling negative karma causes rebirth as a hungry ghost, and lesser negative karma causes rebirth as an animal. It is very easy to commit heavy negative karma. For example, simply by swatting a mosquito out of anger we create the cause to be reborn in hell. Throughout this and all our countless previous lives we have committed many heavy negative actions. Unless we have already purified these actions by practising sincere confession, their potentials remain in our mental continuum, and any one of these negative potentials could ripen when we die. Bearing this in mind, we should ask ourself, ‘If I die today, where will I be tomorrow? It is quite possible that I will find myself in the animal realm, among the hungry ghosts, or in hell. If someone were to call me a stupid cow today, I would find it difficult to bear, but what will I do if I actually become a cow, a pig or a fish – the food of human beings?’

 

Having repeatedly contemplated these points we generate a strong fear of taking rebirth in the lower realms. We then hold this without forgetting it; our mind should remain on this feeling of fear single-pointedly for as long as possible. Through continually training in this meditation we will develop a spontaneous feeling of fear of taking lower rebirth. This feeling of fear is the realization of this meditation. During the meditation break we try never to forget our feeling of fear of taking rebirth in the lower realms.

 
 

Meditation on Going For Refuge

THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEDITATION

The purpose of this meditation is to protect ourself permanently from taking lower rebirth. In this context, ‘going for refuge’ means seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

 

THE OBJECT OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The object of this meditation is our determination and promise to apply effort to accomplish the following three things: receiving Buddha’s blessings, putting Dharma into practice and receiving help from Sangha, the pure spiritual practitioners including our Spiritual Teachers. We should learn to develop this determination and promise through contemplating the above explanation of the purpose of this meditation. When, through this contemplation, a firm determination to apply effort to accomplish these three things develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.

 

THE ACTUAL MEDITATION

 

We should think:

 

I want to protect and liberate myself permanently from the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. I can accomplish this only by receiving Buddha’s blessings, putting Dharma into practice and receiving help from Sangha – the supreme spiritual practitioners. Thinking deeply in this way, we first make the strong determination and then the mental promise to apply effort to accomplish the three things mentioned above. We hold this determination and promise without forgetting, and we remain on this determination and promise single-pointedly for as long as possible.

 

Through continually training in this meditation we will develop the spontaneous wish to apply effort to receiving Buddha’s blessings, putting Dharma into practice and receiving help from Sangha. This wish is the realization of this meditation.

 

During the meditation break we should always apply effort to receiving Buddha’s blessings, putting Dharma into practice and receiving help from Sangha, the pure spiritual practitioners including our Spiritual Teacher. This is how we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Through this we will accomplish our aim – permanent liberation from all the sufferings of this life and countless future lives, the real meaning of our human life. To maintain our promise to go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha throughout our life, and so that we and all living beings may receive Buddha’s blessings and protection, we recite the following refuge prayer every day with strong faith:

I and all sentient beings, until we achieve enlightenment,

Go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Meditation on Karma

 

THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The purpose of this meditation is to prevent future suffering and to build the basic foundation for the path to liberation and enlightenment.

Whenever we perform virtuous actions such as meditation or other spiritual practices we should have the following mental determination:

 

While riding the horse of virtuous actions

I will guide it into the path of liberation with the reins of renunciation;

And through urging this horse onward with the whip of effort,

I will quickly reach the Pure Land of liberation and enlightenment.

 

 

THE OBJECT OF THIS MEDITATION

 

The object of this meditation is our determination to abandon and to purify our non-virtuous actions, and to accumulate virtuous actions or merit. We should learn to develop this determination through contemplating the above explanation of the purpose of this meditation. When, through this contemplation, a firm determination to abandon non-virtuous actions and to accumulate virtuous actions develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.

 

THE ACTUAL MEDITATION

 

We contemplate and think:

 

Since I myself never wish to suffer and always want to be happy, I must abandon and purify my non-virtuous actions and sincerely perform virtuous actions.

 

We hold this determination firmly and remain on it single-pointedly for as long as possible. Through continually training in this meditation we will develop a spontaneous wish to abandon and purify non-virtuous actions and to accumulate virtuous actions. This wish is the realization of this meditation.

 

During the meditation break we should put our determination into practice.