By Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama explains the foundations of meditation in a practice-oriented layout particularly fitted to Westerners

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We need to know how to assemble the different ingredients like oil, spices, and so forth, in order to achieve the desired flavor. " I, who am like a blind man, may not be in a position to explain [by myself], but I shall employ the Buddha's own words just as he spoke them to his disciples after his enlightenment. " Therefore, if you are interested in achieving omniscience, you need to practice these three: compassion, the awakening mind ofbodhichitta, and skillful means. Here, Kamalashila refers to the words of the Buddha and establishes the correct causes and means to achieve omniscience.

The root text briefly summarizes this second method for developing equanimity: All sentient beings desire happiness and do not desire misery. Think deeply about how, in this beginningless cycle of existence, there is not one sentient being who has not been iny friend and relative hundreds of 52 Developing Equanimity times. Therefore, since there is no ground for being attached to some and hating others, I shall develop a mind of equanimity toward all sentient beings. Begin the. meditation on equanimity by thinking.

In this way the mind can develop its full potential. objects. by causes and conditions. t Is the Mind? come about without its causes. If this were not the case, and an omniscient mind could arise without causes, it would imply that every consciousness was omniscient. rimes or they must be completely non-existent. if things were produced without depending on other causes and conditions, there is no logical reason why they should be obstructed at any point. Since this is nor the case, it is logical that everything cannot be transformed into om~iscience.

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