SESSION 5 NOTES
GUIDED MEDITATION “SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA VISUALIZATION”
You can also read and study the following chapters from the book Buddhism in a Nutshell: Essentials for Practice and Study.
• What is Emptiness? (pages 187‐202)
• Insight into the Nature of Reality
• Who are You and Where Can You be Found?
• Introducing Tantra (pages 203‐210)
• Advice for Bringing These Teachings into Your Daily Life (pages 211‐214)
• How to Dedicate Your Virtue (pages 215‐220)
THE MEDITATIONS FROM THE READINGS
There are two meditations from the book Buddhism in a Nutshell: Essentials for Practice and Study for this session:
• Emptiness (page 201)
• Tantra (page 210)
After you have calmed your mind and generated an altruistic motivation, do the actual meditation for at least fifteen minutes. Conclude the meditation with a dedication.
THE POINTS FOR REFLECTION
You can contemplate as many of the following points for reflection as you like at any one time, either in the form of an analytical meditation while sitting on your meditation seat or by writing out your thoughts while sitting at a table. It would be good to begin each session of reflection by generating an altruistic motivation, and to conclude the session by dedicating the positive energy you have created.
The points for reflection for this session are:
- How would it help your inner development or spiritual practice to have more concentration?
- Can you think of a time when you totally misinterpreted a situation? How is that misinterpretation related to the concept of emptiness?
- Can you think of a time when you and someone else experienced the same person or situation in completely different ways? How is that difference related to the concept of emptiness?
- What are people, things, and situations empty of? How do they actually exist?
- How can an understanding of emptiness help you deal more effectively with difficult situations?
- What would be a realistic way for you to practice Dharma in your daily life? Can you at least find time to start the day with a good motivation and end the day with a brief review of your mistakes (and regret them) and your good actions (and rejoice in them)? Could you do more than that?