I mention that anyone who wishes to
I feel that using the mother as a model in meditation fascinating because one can
Personalize their own experience by visualizing his/her own mother and in effect,
associate inner emotion & raw compassion for the one who created and protected them.
I also thought that the realization of immense inapplicable rebirths, that everyone has
been everyone’s mother in a sense, is a powerful tool towards introducing compassion for
all beings. Just understanding the respectful nature of this compassion in general is a
basic fundamental towards what the second Dally Lama, Gendun Gyatso calls ‘giving
It (‘giving and taking’) has many phases, and taking responsibility, and
feeling empathy, towards all things is essential throughout. First one pictures his/her own
mother personalized in his/her own frame of reference and associates the compassion of
his/her mother towards other people close, like friends, family and pets by‘giving and
taking’. The second level of this concentration of the mind is feeling compassion for
his/her enemy and even strangers he or she has never ever met. The next stage of
this meditation is of course having compassion for all beings through compassion for the
sake of helping other people to fulfill enlightenment.
I should mention that anyone who wishes to practice the meditation of‘giving
and taking’ must have the self control and discipline attained by more basic meditations,
for example ‘mindfulness of breath’. With out such discipline, his/her mind may easily be
swayed by any various stimulation that ‘giving and taking’ may evoke.
I thought it was interesting the book said that realizing the love of my
Mother is indirectly responsible for who I am today, and here I sit writing and studying
the holy practice of Dharma. And here I am appreciating my good fortune. And of course