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The purpose of this meditation is to encourage us to seek protection from the dangers of lower rebirth.
In Modern Buddhism, Geshe-la says that it is easier for us to attain enlightenment when we have a precious human life than it is for an animal to attain a human life. Following on from my previous meditation I remembered that this life will definitely come to an end, and when it does, if I take rebirth in a lower realm, my special opportunity to attain enlightenment will be lost.
I thought about this point over and over again. I developed a strong wish for my opportunity to not be lost. This special chance I have to attain enlightenment felt very fragile. I thought again and again ‘I don’t want to lose this opportunity’.
I developed a fear of losing this precious opportunity to make my life meaningful, and settled on this feeling as my object of meditation.
May all living beings recognise the dangers of lower rebirth, and use this wisdom to attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try not to take this life for granted, and remember that when it ends, I will lose my opportunity to make my lives truly meaningful.