Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche came to the Foundation House on Ladprao Road yesterday evening to give a talk on “Meditation on Love and Compassion”. But before that he asked everybody who attended to try to get rid of their anger for a specific period of time. He said that he was very concerned with people’s getting angry because that’s a sure way of destroying all the positive merits one has accumulated through the eons. He asked each of us to give him a promise not to get angry for one month, one year, or for the rest of our lives. Well, I did give him a kind of promise for the rest of my life, but it is certainly likely that there will be some time I will get angry. If this happens, he suggested that we pray the one-hundred syllable mantra of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma.
Then he went on to the main teaching on love and compassion. He said that since our parents are so kind to us, we feel naturally inclined to love them and to care for them. In fact it is our duties to care for them in return for their infinite love that resulted in our having this bodily form at the present moment, form which alone enables us to attain Enlightenment. Then he asked us to consider the other sentient beings. Since samsara is does not have any beginning, there will be times where any random sentient being was our mother (or father, or … ) sometime in the past. So any sentient being used to be our mother before. Thus, since we need to take care of our mother in this life, we also need to take care of that sentient being who used to be our mother too. And since every being used to be our mother, we then need to take care of *all* beings. This is called the universal attitude, or bodhicitta.
So toward the end he gave us a teaching on how to do the meditation. First we recite the prayer for taking the Teacher and the Triple Gems for refuge. Then we take up the correct posture for meditating (sitting cross-legged, straight back, and so on). Then we visualize our father and mother very vividly. We fully appreciate their love and kindness toward us. We hold them very clearly in front of us. We are fully aware of our need to pay them back with gratitude. Then we expand the attitude to all the sentient beings who used to be our parents in the past too.