Day 15- TAKING

The following meditation is from The New Meditation Handbook, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

15. TAKING

Purpose: To purify our mind of self-cherishing and negative actions, to accumulate great merit, and, in particular, to strengthen our compassionate activities.

We begin by generating the superior intention: “I myself will liberate all living beings from their suffering.” Motivated by this superior intention we pray: “May all the suffering, obstacles, and fear of every living being ripen upon me, and may they thereby be freed from all problems.” We then strongly believe that the suffering, fears, and obstacles of all living beings gather in the aspect of black smoke, which dissolves into our heart, destroying our self cherishing and freeing all living beings from their suffering.

Object of meditation: The strong belief that the suffering, fears and obstacles of all living beings gather in the aspect of black smoke, which dissolves into our heart, destroying our self cherishing and freeing all living beings from their suffering.

Reflection:

This is something that I can get on board with. To take others fears, sufferings and obstacles and show them that it is all black smoke. While in the past, the smoke has been hard for me to see through, as I continue to deepen my practice, black smoke is merely air.

As I find this to be more true, I find a strong belief that all others sufferings can be destroyed through giving loving kindness and compassion.

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