A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha was specifically compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for beginner Buddhist practitioners. Last year, Lama Zopa Rinpoche reviewed and updated the previous edition with the help of Ven. Ailsa Cameron, a long-time editor for Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. The updated practice is now available through the Foundation Store (hard copies forthcoming).

Lama Zopa Rinpoche reorganized many of the prayers based on his current way of doing them and, in particular, added an extensive explanation of the visualizations to be done while taking refuge. Drawn from Phabongkha Rinpoche’s Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, for each of the objects of refuge—Guru, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha—there are visualizations for purifying negative karma, increasing qualities, and coming under the guidance of that object of refuge.

Subtitled “How to Meditate on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment,” the practices contained in this booklet prepare the mind for lamrim meditation by purifying negative karma and collecting extensive merit—the two main causes for attaining realizations.

This practice can also be used as a basis for engaging in the preliminary practices of accumulating 100,000 prostrations, mandala offerings, and so forth.

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