The purpose of this meditation is to recognise the precious nature of our human life and to use it wisely in the context of death and impermanence.

I began the meditation by considering all the conditions I have in my life for spiritual progress. I thought about how having a human life at all is very rare, and that to have all the freedoms and endowments necessary for a spiritual life makes my life extremely precious.

I thought about these points for a while and a feeling of valuing my life arose. I sometimes take it so much for granted that I wake up in the morning, but I should remember that each day presents a golden opportunity to attain true meaning.

I stayed with this feeling for a while, and then I considered what my life means in the context of death and impermanence. I will definitely die, and I could die today. This means that my precious human life with all its freedoms and endowments could end today. Tomorrow I could be suffering in a hell realm, separated from the Three Jewels and ignorant even of the word ‘freedom’.

This made me thing about my life again. My life will definitely end. All the things I normally think are important are actually not important at all. Projects at work, relationships, cars, houses, what to eat – none of these things in themselves are important at all. They do not matter! What really matters is the karma I create during my life. If I experience good conditions I should recognise these as the results of positive actions in the past, and use them as encouragement to practice sincerely. If I experience bad conditions I should recognise these as the results of negative actions in the past, and use them as encouragement to practice sincerely.  It does not matter what happens to me – I have to transform everything into the spiritual path to enlightenment.

If I live all my life living in one street, or if I travel the world – it does not matter. If I have an illness or if I am healthy, it does not matter. If I have lots of friends and money, or if I have none, it does not matter. All that matters is to transform every experience into the spiritual path.

I thought about my life, death and transforming all conditions for the rest of the meditation, and arrived at the conclusion that I should relax, not worry, and practice sincerely. I focused on this determination for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings recognise what is valuable about their lives, and practice transforming conditions until they become perfect Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will transform all my experiences into the path to enlightenment.