FPMT Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha
Lama Zopa Rinpoche specifically compiled A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha for beginner Buddhist practitioners to use as the basis of a formal meditation practice. In this revised version, Rinpoche has reorganized some of the prayers and, in particular, has added an extensive explanation of the visualizations to be done while taking refuge. Drawn from Phabongkha Rinpoche’s Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, for each of the objects of refuge—Guru, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha—there are visualizations for purifying negative karma, increasing qualities, and coming under the guidance of that object of refuge.
Subtitled “How to Meditate on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment,” the practices contained in this booklet prepare the mind for lamrim meditation by purifying negative karma and collecting extensive merits—the two main causes for attaining the realizations of the path to enlightenment (renunciation, bodhichitta, and the right view of emptiness).
This booklet contains:
A motivation for doing the practice
Commonly recited verses for taking refuge and generating bodhichitta, for purifying the place, for invoking Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, and for blessing, multiplying, and presenting offerings
Prostrations with mantras
A visualization for taking refuge
A motivation for taking refuge
The extensive practice for taking refuge mentioned above
The four immeasurables
A bodhichitta motivation
A short mandala offering
Several requesting verses
A short lamrim prayer, The Foundation of All Good Qualities, by Lama Tsongkhapa
Recitation of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra
Absorption of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha
This practice can also be used as a basis for engaging in the preliminary practices of accumulating 100,000 prostrations, mandala offerings, and so forth.