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Yeshe

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The Four Immeasurables
« on: February 07, 2010, 02:56:39 am »
Reading through Pabongka Rinpoche's teachings in 'Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand' I was reminded of the meditations on the Four Immeasurables, which he quotes from Jampael Lhuendrub's work 'Ornament for the Throats of the Fortunate', and which for me are central to the Bodhisattva path:


MEDITATION ON EQUANIMITY

How welcome it would be if all sentient beings remained in a state of equanimity:  free of feelings of intimacy or distance, attachment or hostility. May they come to this state! I will bring them to this state. May I be blessed by my gurus and deities to have the power to do this!



MEDITATION ON LOVE

How welcome it would be if all sentient beings possessed happiness and its causes. May they come to have them!  I will make them have them. May I be blessed by my gurus and deities to have the power to do this!



MEDITATION ON COMPASSION

How welcome it would be if all sentient beings were free from suffering and its causes. May they come to be free of them!  I will make them free of them. May I be blessed by my gurus and deities to have the power to do this!



MEDITATION ON JOY

How welcome it would be if all sentient beings were never separated from the holy bliss of high rebirth and liberation.  May they come to have these! I will make them have these. May I be blessed by my gurus and deities to have the power to do this!




Such qualities are as 'immeasurable' as the number of sentient beings, so it is important to recognise that as yet this is an expression of the desire to assist others, establishing that motivation deep in our minds through repetition and visualisation.

We are unable to imagine all sentient beings, so for example we may begin a meditation on immeasurable love by calling to mind the feeling of love for our family, friends, neighbours etc. and gradually extend the focus as we become more familiar with the practice. Maintaining that motivation throughout the meditation is preliminary to maintaining it as we go about our daily business.

Of course, the complementary action to these meditations is abandoning the Three Poisons: Anger, Attachment and Ignorance. :)



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