Meditation: Taking and Giving

When you see the sentient beings troubled by suffering you can make the following wish enthusiastically from the depths of your heart and with great force of will.

 “ The person is suffering very badly and despite wanting the gain happiness and alleviate suffering, does not know how to give up non virtues and adopt virtues. May his or her suffering as well as its causes , ripen within me”

This is called as the practice of taking the suffering  of others within yourself using the instrument of compassion.

From the depths of your heart, you can also imagine the following:“ I will give to these sentiment beings without the slightest hesitation or regret whatever virtues I have accumulated in the form of good karma which will be auspicious for them”

This is called the practice of giving away your own happiness using the instrument of love.

Although such mental imaging may not actually bring the desired results, it does increase determination and will power while creating a peaceful atmosphere. These practices are performed in conjunction with the inhalation and exhalation of the breath—inhaling others pain and exhaling your own happiness into their lives.

Similarly when you are ill or suffer an unfortunate event imagine the following:“ May this illness or misfortune serve as a substitute for the suffering of all sentiment beings”

This will keep your suffering from getting worse by fretting about it, and it will enhance your courage. It is also helpful to thing:

May the suffering that I am undergoing now function as the ripening manifestation, and conclusion of many bad karmas that I have accumulated

According to Tibetan Buddhist texts , when you are happy, do not get too excited  about it, but dedicate to the welfare of all sentient beings and when you suffer, take on yourself all the pain of other sentient beings. We usually have ups and downs , but in this way you can maintain inner courage not allowing  either fortunate or misfortune to disturb your peace of mind— neither too happy nor too sad, but stable.

Meditation to reduce Afflictive Emotions

It is very helpful each to identify the nature of the mind and concentrate on it. However it is difficult to catch hold of the mind, hidden as it is beneath scattered thoughts. Few techniques which will help in your mediation identify the true nature pf the mind:

  1. First stop remembering wat happened in the past
  2. Then stop thinking about what might happen in the future
  3. Let the mind flow o its own accord without the overlay of thought. Observe it for a while in its natural state

When for instance you hear a noise , between  the time you hear and the time you identify its source you can sense a state of mind devoid of thought in which you experience the sound as a reflection of the minds luminosity and knowing. At such a time you can grasp the basic nature of the mind. In the beginning, when you are not used to this practice, it is quite difficult, but in time the mind appears like clear water. Try to stay with this state of mind without being distracted by thoughts and become accustomed to it.

Practice this meditation in the early morning when your mind is awakened and is clear, but your sense are not yet fully operating. It helps not to have eaten too much the night before, the quality of your sleep the next morning . If you eat too much , your sleep can be think and heavy, such that you are almost a corpse. It will be helpful for your meditation if can  have a heavy breakfast and lunch , but a lighter dinner.

The benefit of paying attention to the nature of the mind, early in the morning makes your mind more alert thought the day. Your thoughts are more tranquil and your memory will improve if you are able to practice meditation every day. It makes the mind more stable mind and giving rest to the wayward nature of the mind.

It is crucial to realise that afflictive emotions like spite, jealous and hatred do not reside in the true nature of the mind. Even while generating negative afflictive emotions, the basic nature of the mind itself is free from the corruption of these attitudes. It is the similar to the clear skies that lies beneath the clouds, our minds nature always remain the same.

No matter what afflictive emotions are generated and no matter how powerful they are, the basic mind itself remains unaffected, it always good and true to itself.