One who wishes to gain omniscience swiftly must strive in
three things: in compassion, in the thought of enlightenment, and in meditation. Practice compassion from the very outset, for we know that compassion alone is the foundation of
all the qualities of Buddhahood. As we read in the teachings:
“A bodhisattva should not practice too many things at
once, for if a bodhisattva can master and truly understand just one thing, then she would hold all the qualities of Buddhahood in the palm of her hand. And what is this one
thing? It is great compassion. What is the beginning of a bodhisattva’s practice, and what is its abode? Great compassion is the beginning of a
bodhisattva’s practice, and it abides among living beings.”
Thus a bodhisattva is impelled only by a desire to help
others, with no regard for himself: and he sets out upon a long and arduous path, ever exerting himself to acquire merit and knowledge. As we read in the teachings:
“When one’s compassion aims to bring all beings to maturity, there is no happiness at all which one will not renounce.”
Meditation upon compassion
The entire world is licked by the blazing flames of suffering; meditate upon
compassion for all beings. First meditate upon those whom you love; see how they bear many sufferings; they are the same as you and realize there is no difference between them
Then meditate upon those you are neutral about; consider that in the beginningless world there is no
being who has not been your kinsman a hundred times, and awaken compassion for them as you do your own loved ones.
Then meditate upon your enemies; realize they are the same as you and awaken the same kind of compassion
for them as you do for your loved ones.
Thus, gradually meditate upon all beings in the ten directions; awaken
compassion for all beings equally; realize they are as dear to you as your own family, aspire to lead them out of pain. Thus is your compassion made perfect, and it is called great
The Thought of Enlightenment
The yearning for Buddhahood
It is thus through one’s constant habit of compassion,
the intention to lead all beings out of pain, that awakens the thought of enlightenment for other’s sake.
Seeing that beings are without protection or refuge or
sanctuary, establish your mind in compassion and awaken the thought of supreme and perfect enlightenment.
Now a bodhisattva may awaken this thought of enlightenment at
the urging of someone else; but the Buddha has shown us that it is far more excellent if one awakens it oneself, through the impulse of self generated
This thought of enlightenment, this yearning for Buddhahood,
has great fruits in the world even when it is unaccompanied by any religious practice. As we read in the teachings:
“Even a flawed diamond is better than the finest golden
ornament; it is still called a diamond, and it is still able to relieve all poverty. In the same way, this diamond of awakening your mind to omniscience, even when flawed in
practice, is better than any golden ornament of a disciple’s or solitary Buddha’s virtues; it is still called the thought of enlightenment, and it is still able to relieve
the poverty of being in the world.”
One who is unable to practice all the perfections, all the
time, in all ways, should just awaken this thought of enlightenment for it has great fruits when it is skillfully embraced.
“….you are very busy, and you have much to do;
and you are unable to practice all the perfections, from charity to wisdom, all the time, in all ways. And so, you should hope for perfect enlightenment, believe in it,
long for it, yearn for it; and when you go or stand or sit, when you lie down or when you awaken, when you eat or when you drink, bear it always in mind, think upon it, meditate upon
The vow of enlightenment
It is when this thought of enlightenment is accompanied by
practice that its fruits are truly great. As we read in the teachings:
“The thought of enlightenment is the seed of all the
qualities of Buddhahood.”
The thought of enlightenment is of two sorts: the intention
and the setting forth.
“It is hard to find beings in the world who intend to
achieve supreme and perfect enlightenment; and it is even harder to find beings who actually set forth to find supreme and perfect enlightenment.”
The intention is the initial yearning for Buddhahood; the
setting forth is the actual making of a vow to become a Buddha, and the actual accumulation of the stocks of merit and knowledge.
The necessity of meditation
Thus we should awaken the wisdom that comes from meditation
so as to directly experience reality ourselves. All the teachings emphasize that even by much study and much consideration one cannot experience reality directly. If the
light of manifest knowledge does not begin to shine, we cannot cut through the darkness of our confusion; and it is through meditation that the light of manifest knowledge shines even
upon objects which are not real; how much more upon what is really real! One who wishes to see reality face-to-face should set out to meditate.
First one should practice calm in order to steady the mind,
for the mind is as wavering as water, and is not steady without the support of calm. “It is a concentrated mind which understands things as they really are.”
We can attain to this calm quite swiftly if we are indifferent to gain and steady in practice. In the teachings there are nine terms describing a state of calm. The mind
is fixed and founded, fast and firm; it is trained, calmed, quieted, unified and concentrated.
Fixed means the mind is bound to the meditative object;
founded means that it continues to hold to the meditative object; fast means that is casts aside any distraction which occurs; and firms means that it fixes itself upon the meditative
object once again, when the distraction has been cast aside.
Trained means that the mind delights in meditation; calmed
means that it calms discontent by considering the consequences of distraction; quieted means that it calms any drowsiness and torpor which occur; unified means that it flows evenly
and naturally upon the meditative object; and concentrated means that it flows smoothly and spontaneously upon it.
Now there are six defects to any state of meditation: and
these are sloth, and fading away of the meditative object, giddiness, depression, lack of effort, and too much effort. To cultivate the antidotes to these defects there are
antidotes which suppress them: faith, hope, and exertion; serenity, mindfulness, awareness, investigation and equanimity. The first four of these are all antidotes to
sloth. For a bodhisattva’s faith is defined as complete confidence in the virtues of meditation: hence we begin to wish to possess these virtues; then we set out with
energy. The body and mind become supple, and with this serenity of mind and body, we ward off sloth. Thus we should cultivate faith, hope, exertion and serenity that sloth
may be overcome.
Mindfulness is the antidote to the fading away of the
meditative object, and awareness is the antidote to both giddiness and depression. But when giddiness and depression have been calmed, one may then meditate with insufficient
effort. Cultivate investigation as the antidote. When the mind is flowing serenely, one may meditate with too much effort; cultivate equanimity as the antidote to
A state of meditation endowed with these eight conditions is the most supple, and
it produces incredible results.
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