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Lions Roar : March 2009
53 SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2009 power fulfills the needs of all whose hearts are open to such an opportunity. the buddha of loving-kindness is the embodiment of all the enlightened ones—the buddhas, saints, and sages. he is the manifestation of the true nature and pure qualities of the whole universe. he is the reflection of the buddhanature and true loving-kindness of your own mind, as if you were seeing your own reflection in a mirror. when you see and feel the buddha’s presence and qualities, your mind is transformed instantly. all the walls of hesitations and lim- itations that prevent you from making any spiritual progress melt. all the negative thoughts and emotions that cause the various kinds of suffering cease. the cycle of positive views and feelings— the cause of everlasting peace and joy—is set in motion. First Prayer: pray to the buddha with devotion—the energy of total joy and trust—from the depth of your mind. singing the prayer-mantra in sweet melodies, hear and feel all the sounds of the world, and the sounds coming from the breathing energy waves of every particle of your body, as the sound of joy and cel- ebration. your heart and every particle of your body are bound- lessly blossoming with the energy of devotion to the buddha, like flowers blossoming in the warmth of sunlight. Repeatedly sing: Om ma-ni pad-me hung [hoong], O Buddha with jewel [symbolizing loving-kindness] and lotus [symbolizing omniscient wisdom], please heed me/us. then see and feel that the buddha’s omniscient wisdom, un- conditional love, and boundless power emanate from his body in the form of infinite, rainbow-like beams of light. all your mental and emotional afflictions and physical sicknesses— visualized in the form of darkness or filth in your body—are dispelled by the brightness of light, washed away by the flood of nectar-of-light, wiped away with the wind and the brush of light, or burnt down with the fire of light. at this time, every particle of your body is filled with the bright light of buddha’s omniscient wisdom, unconditional love, and boundless power. feel intimacy and bliss as the bud- dha’s light of unconditional love caresses every particle of your body. while your body is enjoying the blessings, your mind is being purified, healed, and transformed, as in reality your mind is the one initiating and enjoying all the transformations. then meditate on a loved one, such as your loving mother, by visualizing her in front of you clearly and thinking, “moth- er, you gave me my life, raised an infant into a person. you sac- rificed for me and always kept me in your warm, loving heart. sometimes you made mistakes, as you too have been the victim of harsh emotions—i fully understand that. you cherished me as the most precious thing in the world—i clearly remember that. i always worried for your happiness, and today i am so fortunate to have a great gift—the blessings of the buddha and the pure love of my own heart—to share with you. how happy i am!” then with great love, while singing the mantra, meditate, pray, purify, heal, and transform her with buddha’s blessing lights, as you did for yourself earlier. next, share the same meditations with a neutral person, then with someone you are in opposition with, and finally with all beings by recognizing them as your loving mothers in your infinite past lives. the goal of loving-kindness is to serve all, but it is impor- tant to start the meditation with oneself and then with a loved one. in that way, you will experience the loving-kindness di- rectly, vividly, and deeply, without wandering into superficial or general ideas and vague or shallow feelings. Second Prayer: at this time, a great transformation is taking place in you. all the thoughts and feelings of your mind and body are transforming into thoughts and feelings of loving- kindness. the buddha of loving-kindness is not only in front of you, but also in your mind and body. Recognize it. then whatever you say or do, all are the words and expressions of loving kindness—the true source of joy for you and for many others. feeling that your whole mind and every particle of your body are fully blossoming with the sounds of the energy waves of loving-kindness, sing: Om ma-ni pad-me hung, O Buddha with jewel and lotus, the Fivefold Wisdom is in me! Third Prayer: as soon as such loving-kindness is awakened in you, and as long as you remain in it, whatever you see, hear, and feel will be the images, sounds, and feelings of loving- kindness. Realize this. seeing, hearing, and feeling every being and the whole universe as the pure land of the buddha and loving-kindness, sing: Om ma-ni pad-me hung, O Buddha with jewel and lotus, the Fivefold Wisdom is in all! Final Meditation Contemplate by resting in the awareness of ultimate peace— the true loving-kindness, the result of the meditation—with- out grasping at it or thinking about it. Closing Meditation Conclude the meditation by offering all the merit created by the meditation to all beings, who are each regarded as your mother. this merit is the cause of realizing the absolute loving-kindness. make aspirations for all to benefit from loving-kindness. ♦ a loving-Kindness meditation by tulku thondup Rinpoche