The text now turns to relying on the method for happiness in future lives. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa. Visit Gomchen Lamrim Study Guide for a full list of contemplation points for the series.
- The difference between self-centered thought and self-grasping ignorance
- How to meditate on the teachings
- Learning to identify our negative mental states and the antidotes needed to overcome them
- General outline for the taking-and-giving meditation
Gomchen Lamrim 77: Taking-and-giving meditation(download)
- Start with yourself.
- Imagine the dukkha you might experience tomorrow (dukkha of pain, dukkha of change, and the pervasive dukkha of conditioning).
- Once you have a feel for it, take it on your present self so that the person you are tomorrow doesn’t have to experience it. You can imagine the dukkha leaving your future self in the form of pollution or black light, or whatever is useful to you.
- As you take on the dukkha in the form of pollution/black light, imagine it strikes at the self-centeredness at your own heart, like a thunderbolt, completely demolishing it (self-centeredness can appear as a black lump or dirt, etc).
- Now think about your future self next month. You’re future self as an old person and do the same exercise…
- Then consider the dukkha of those you are close to using the same points as above.
- Next, consider the dukkha of those towards whom you feel neutral.
- Next, the dukkha of those you don’t like or trust.
- Finally, consider the dukkha of beings in all the different realms (hell, preta, animal, human, demi god, and god).
- Having destroyed your own self-centeredness, you have a nice open space at your heart. From there, with love, imagine transforming, multiplying, and giving your body, possessions, and merit to these beings. Imagine them being satisfied and happy. Think that they have all the circumstances conducive to attaining awakening. Rejoice that you’ve been able to bring this about.
- Conclusion: Feel you are strong enough to take on others’ dukkha and give them your happiness. Rejoice that you can imagine doing this, practice it as you notice and experience suffering in your daily life, and offer prayers of aspiration to be able to actually do this.