The text turns to training the mind on the stages of the path of advanced level practitioners. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa.
- How to conduct yourself outside of meditation sessions
- The three phases of a typical session
- A review of the six preparatory practices
- Explanation of refuge and the seven-limb prayer
- The actual practice and the conclusion
Gomchen Lamrim 114: Meditation Session Outline (download)
- Venerable Tarpa said that our day can be divided into 2: our time on and off the cushion. Consider how what you do in between meditation sessions (as you go about your daily life) influences your meditation as well as how your meditation session influences how you go about your daily life.
- The meditation session itself can be divided into three categories: setting your motivation, doing the meditation, and dedication. Why is your motivation so important? Consider times you were clean-clear in your motivation for something you did vs. living on automatic. Were the outcomes different? How did you feel doing the actions?
- Consider the six preparatory practices: cleaning the room and arranging the altar, making offerings, sitting in the proper position, calming the mind and setting your motivation, visualizing the merit field, reciting the seven limb prayer, and offering the mandala and requesting inspiration. Why are each of these so important to a complete meditation practice? What does each offer that prepares the mind to contemplate the teachings?
- Venerable Tarpa said that we sustain our meditation using mindfulness and vigilance. What does that mean both in and out of your meditation sessions? What can you do to increase mindfulness and vigilance in your life, sustaining your awareness of and focus on virtue in all you do?