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The purpose of this meditation is to encourage ourself to practice Dharma.
I began the meditation by considering how my human life is precious, rare and meaningful. It is precious because I have taken a human life which is the perfect basis on which to practise the spiritual path. It has all the conditions needed for my practice and no hinderances. It seems like a complicated combination lock, where all the dials are set at the correct number – very special. It is rare because I only have one life, and I cannot get another one like this. Finally it is meaningful if I use it to practise Dharma purely.
I contemplated these three points again and again, and slowly came to the conclusion that nothing else made any sense: I have to practise Dharma while I have this perfect opportunity. I thought about my life being like a magical machine which can make gold. If I had such a machine I would give gold to poor people to alleviate their poverty. But I have something far more valuable: I have a human life which I can use to give Dharma. Instead of putting gold into their hands, I will put Dharma protection into their hearts, and alleviate their spiritual poverty.
I focused on this wish to practise Dharma and help others for the rest of the meditation. It felt virtuous and pure. I let this feeling fill my mind and focused on it and its meaning.
May everyone recognise the value of their life, and come to use it for the benefit of others: may they attain Enlightenment for the sake of all living beings.
Practice in the meditation break
I will try to remember the preciousness of all human lives, and sincerely practise the six perfections, the five forces, the 18 commitments and 22 precepts of training the mind.