Within In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas, Phakchok Rinpoche clearly shows how genuine meditation is contingent upon bringing together many supportive conditions. However, Rinpoche also articulates methods for contained formal sessions that are effective, profound, and transformative.
Visualization can seem unnecessarily complicated when we first encounter meditation instruction. But creating a mental image and using that as an object of our attention is an important technique on the Vajrayāna path. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche shares some brief instruction on how to incorporate visualization practice into your daily meditation
Fear of death often arises sneakily in the middle of the night. So, if we wake with this fear, we can learn to practice a simple long life meditation visualization. When we experience this fear, it indicates that our life force is becoming a little bit weak and so we need to make it become stronger.
Belief in dharma practice is crucial. Yet, often we approach our practice in a half-hearted or not fully committed manner. Then, if we don’t believe in what we are practicing, we may not recognize our own experiences on the path. And if we don’t believe that the practice will bear results, then we may end up abandoning it altogether.
If we have mindfulness, we will see that the energy that gives rise to anger and other negative emotions has wisdom, and that the underlying sense of insecurity we presently feel is not necessarily a bad thing.
Phakchok Rinpoche, Awakening Dignity, Chapter 4: Three Meditation Teachers