A message from Phakchok Rinpoche on Guru Rinpoche day:
I would like to talk a little about meditation or how to bring your mind home. It is said so in the Dhamapadda that without meditation, wisdom wanes. Our last conversation dealt with cultivating diligence and now we’ll move on to the next chapter in, “The Way of the Bodhisattva” and briefly talk about Meditative Concentration.
“How to have a successful meditation?”
1. Before you tackle the above question, first ask yourself: “What is the benefit of meditation?”
Happiness, preserving happiness, achieving happiness, learning to tame the mind from negative emotions and finally to achieve enlightenment, are the major benefits of meditation.
2. It is said so by the masters of the past that when one is so involved in wanting associated with the eight worldly concerns, then one is easily distracted hence resulting in a not so successful meditation. Therefore whenever you are about to meditate, it is advisable to let go of yourself, your work, and your wants (just for the duration of the meditation). Through this you are reducing yourself of obstacles on the path of meditation.
Because of loved ones and desire for gain,
We fail to turn away from worldly things.
These, then, are the first things to renounce.
The prudent should conduct themselves like this.
3. Before you start with your meditation, it is important that you supplicate to the Buddha and receive the blessings and aspire to have a successful meditation.
4. Finally, one should always have a good motivation, which is bodhichitta.
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The four qualities of meditation:
1. The body should be natural and calm
2. One pointedness: the object of meditation should be one pointed
3. Clarity or subtle mindfulness
4. Non distraction
When doing shamatha meditation, these four qualities should be present. On the other hand, in vipashana, mahamudra, and great perfection meditation, focusing on one pointedness is not present.
This is all that I have to say.