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Black and White Stone Meditation

During his recent visit, Lama Traga Rinpoche, of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, shared the following meditation. After getting into the appropriate mindset, engendering the thought of wanting to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings, you sit with two piles of stones, one black and one white. Observing your first thought, analyze whether it is a positive, virtuous thought or a negative, nonvirtuous one. If it is positive, put a white stone to the side, if it is negative, a black one. Continue in this vein with each thought, feeling, or image that arises. At the end or the session, observe how many white rocks you have collected versus the black stones. Traga Rinpoche explained that over time the Kagyu meditation masters will only have white stones collected. Nyungne Lama has observed that this is an excellent meditation for practicing mindfulness and detachment from thought as content.