The Truth of the Origins of all Suffering
Module 1 Guided Meditation
15 – 20 minutes
For those who do not yet have a daily meditation practice
(First 5 minutes) In a clean quiet part of you room sit comfortably in front of your shrine or sacred space and settle the body posture. Be aware of your posture and release areas of tension. Bring the mind into the here and now by bringing it into the body and away from thoughts of past or future. When you are settled take three long deep breaths and revisit and reset your motivation for doing the meditation. If you are Buddhist use the four line refuge and bodhicitta prayer.
(Next 10 minutes)
Think about the main causes that bring suffering, particularly at the third level.
Contemplate how suffering is produced by ignorance and delusion.
Meditate on how karma functions.
- is there any suffering that I experience in my life to which I have not made some contribution to its causes;
- are there any actions I have done of which I have not experienced the results.
- is there any chance of not experiencing suffering while I remain under the power of karma and delusion;
- the links between past, present and future in the chart on page 53 of the module course book.
(Last couple of minutes) Dedicate the benefits of your meditation session to the full enlightenment of all beings, including yourself and resolve to try to carry the understanding from your meditation session into your daily life.
For those who already have a daily practice
When your mind is calm and focused think on and generate a heartfelt feeling about the topics set out in the middle two sections above. If you do calming and awareness meditation do this at the end of the session.
If you do lam.rim meditation focus on these in the section on the practices shared with people who have a lower scope motivation.
If you recite devotional prayers then do these somewhere at the beginning or middle of the session.
If you do Tantric sadhana meditation use these to enhance your renunciation and bodhicitta at the beginning of the session.
If you do a mixture of these – your choice!