Lam-rim and Calm Abiding

Lam-rim and Calm Abiding

Date of Advice:
October 2016
Date Posted:
June 2017

A student asked about going to Myanmar to do meditation. Rinpoche advised the student to study lam-rim and then focus on calm abiding.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you for your letter and kind service. In response to your question, according to my observation going to Myanmar comes out very bad.

According to my observation what comes out best for you is to study Liberation in the Palm of your Hand. Study the whole lam-rim from beginning to end, and after studying it then focus on the part on calm abiding, shi-nä, the explanation there. But first study the whole lam-rim and by realizing that, then study shi-nä.

When you get to the shi-nä, do one-pointed concentration at your navel, using a visualization of a small buddha, the size of a thumbnail or smaller.

Make sure to dedicate every day as much as possible, by collecting extensive merits then dedicating to actualize correctly devoting to the virtuous friend, renunciation, bodhicitta, emptiness and tantra. Always do very strong dedication.

With much love and prayers...