This simple guided meditation that was originally written for children
in our community is also a very much beloved guided meditation that
adults use as well. And during one of my meditations a few years ago I
had a profound insight into this meditation practice of:
A mountain, solid.
Still water reflecting.
In fact, this simple child’s meditation outlines the entire path of
First, we start off with our hearts opening like a flower, feeling
fresh. This points to the practice of opening the heart, of devoting
ourselves to the path, developing loving kindness, good actions,
ethical actions, ethical behavior, generosity. This is important
because we are purifying our negative karma (negative actions,
negative consequences of actions) and we are generating positive
effects of positive actions, because this positive energy is what is
necessary as a foundation for our practice. Some people arrogantly
like to just seek for wisdom or enlightenment without doing the
necessary purification and homework of laying a good foundation: the
foundation of the open heart, generosity, loving kindness, ethical
behavior. But if you try to attain transcendent wisdom and
enlightenment without first opening the heart and purifying the heart,
you will hit a wall in your meditation practice. You will have a
constant barrage of thoughts, negative memories, and difficulties in
your meditation practice. So it is important to lay the foundation
first, so that our hearts can be fresh like a flower.
And then as we progress on the path, we can then begin to practice
allowing our body and mind and whole being to be solid like a
mountain. So we begin our meditation practice of just being present,
just practicing with this body: how to sit, how to treat this body
well, how to understand the energies of the body—how it works
together to create stability and solidity of posture. This takes time,
to be able to know the body, be in the body, in such a way that we do
feel solid as a mountain as we sit. Our energies of body and mind are
integrated in solid presence, deep concentration. And this is the
practice of attaining one point of mind, or Samadhi, where the whole
being—body and mind—are one, concentrated, present, deeply
And once we practice deeply enough that we can realize this deep
presence, concentration, one pointed mind, then our mind becomes like
still water, reflecting the truth: everything, just as it is, without
distortion. Our mind then opens to transcendent wisdom, seeing clearly
the truth of the universe without distortion, perfectly, clearly.
And then this fourth step of our practice is not even really a step at
all: to allow our spirit to feel like vast spaciousness, free and
liberated, is not a step on the path. It is the truth all along. We
are that vast spacious awareness, that pure clarity, that pure freedom
and liberation. And so everything is like a bell of mindfulness, to
awaken us to the truth of who we already are. We are Buddha. We are
enlightenment. We are the vast spacious consciousness. We are free.
And we are free in such a way that we offer ourselves completely for
the benefit of all beings. We allow this spacious freedom to embody
and incarnate as wisdom in the mind, as deep presence in this body,
and as love and openness of heart.
So, from our ego perspective it looks like we're trying to start
off with opening the heart, developing concentration, attaining wisdom
and then becoming Buddha. But from the point of the view of our true
Buddha nature, it is who we always have been, always are and always
will be. And it is from this point of view that the Buddha is trying
to become and express as wisdom of mind, and express and manifest as
deep presence in this body in this realm of form, and as openness and
love of the heart for all beings.
So, even though from our perspective we're trying to get somewhere,
from the perspective of the truth it's not trying to get anywhere
but just being who we are, expressing and manifesting through wisdom,
through presence, through love.
Breathing in and breathing out.