So today we sort of briefly discuss experiential perception. Okay we have all this kind of impure perceptions. So what do we do? We try to alter this. We try to change this with practice. So what we call yogis experiential perception. So that is what we are doing. Very briefly. No time and I don’t know anything anyway. So time is just an excuse. There is many different ways to alter this perception. One most popular and most economical, user friendly, risk free, lot of bonus, lot of profit is called love meditation. Meditate on love, love and kindness. See you are now beginning to change, alter this perception. Love and kindness. Love and kindness is basically a wish to make sentient beings, you are wishing them to be happy. And not only wishing them to be happy but you wish that they know how to gather or they have the cause of happiness, you understand. That is love and kindness meditation. You wish them happiness, you wish the sentient beings happiness. That is a big term, happiness is a very big term. For some, a gentle stroke is a happiness. For others, whips and chains are happiness. So as a Mahayana Buddhist are you giving both? Whoever want stroke, whips and chains, are you going to distribute. What is a happiness of George Bush is an unhappiness of Saddam Hussein. What is happiness for Saddam Hussein is a turn on for George Bush. So how do you then meditate. So actually we know the happiness, when the Buddhist, when the Vajrayana talks about happiness they are talking about related to the Dharma. Everybody wants to be happy. There is no dispute between the Buddha and the sentient beings. As far as wanting to be happy. But the sentient beings don’t know how to gather the happiness. Instead they end up creating, gathering causes and conditions that will make them suffer. So now that you know anything coming from emotions, jealousy, pride, anger, desire gives you unhappiness. Any kind of experience coming from an absence of ego, absence of ignorance, jealousy, pride and all the rest gives you happiness. And this is the happiness that you are wishing the sentient beings to have. A few tips. It is easy to think may all sentient beings have happiness. It is kind of abstract idea. It is very easy because you don’t have, because it is all sentient beings so you don’t have much responsibility actually. So you should think like many Kadampa masters say while thinking may all sentient beings have happiness you should actually care each and every individuals happiness. So you should pick one. If you want your practice to be effective pick someone whom you don’t like so much. Or pick someone who you feel threaten by. Your competitor. You know, competition. You competitor is not necessary a business competitor or anything. Competitor can be everywhere. If you walk along the beach. And then suddenly you see beautiful person, a girl or a boy, and you two are alone. No competitor. And you about to chatter up. Chatter up. You are about to pick on a conversation. And just as you are about to talk somebody walks in and he is also quite handsome. Dramatic, oh now you have a competitor. Another soul. So competitor is everywhere. In your thinking, in our everyday day to day life there is a competitor. There is always somebody competing with you, to take over your position. To take over your – they might not actually they didn’t come there to take over. But you are paranoia thinks. Because you are paranoid. You have so much impure perception. You think: “Oh oh, here comes a competitor.“ For all we know maybe this person is there to help you. So that you can actually do what you want to do. But we don’t think like that. We are always paranoid. We think that somebody is going to take over your position. So pick an individual being and then start doing the loving kindness meditation. If you still need some kind of a format then use Atisha Dipankara’s method such as tonglen. Breath out, give all the happiness and the cause of happiness. Breath in, all the cause of suffering and the suffering of the others. Stuff like that. So okay, what is happening here. Big alteration of impure perception. Can you see that. See, in the past you have impure perception because you think you whatever ego has interpreted is most important. Now you are changing that. In the past you think, you are only thinking about your own happiness. You are not really thinking about others. Now you are forcing yourself, may the other be happy. May he or she has the cause of happiness. See there is a disruption of impure perception. If you keep on doing this loving kindness meditation, such a yogi will have so called experiential perception. And do you know what that is. Let’s go back to the beach. A yogi is walking on the beach. And yogi is seeing a beautiful person and about to start a conversation with this. Somebody walks along and interrupts. Ah yogi happy, may he or she. Please you two, go ahead. Have conversation. You walk. Experiential. See perception has changed now. No paranoia. You are okay. That is good. Couldn’t care less. They can talk. To their heartfelt, to their heart’s content they can talk, talk and talk.
The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003