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The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish to practice moral discipline, and then to contemplate this wish in the light of death and impermanence.
I began by thinking about how all my experiences are created by my own past actions. My actions of moral discipline have led me to have a precious human life. My actions of giving mean I now have some wealth. My actions of patience have led to me being not ugly to others. My actions of effort have led to my current dharma understanding. My actions of concentration have led to some inner peace. My actions of contemplating the perfection of wisdom have led to my inching closer to liberation.
All my negative actions are pushing me away from dharma realisations and liberation.
Recognising that everything -literally everything – depends on my actions now, I resolved to practice pure moral discipline in future. I rested my mind on this wish, and felt a deep sense of purpose. I stayed with this feeling for a while.
I then thought about death and impermanence. It occurred to me that impermanence means that all my experiences will come to an end sooner or later. So there is no need to develop negative minds or perform negative actions in response to difficult situations. I felt free – free to control my own destiny rather than have ‘external factors’ be in control. I stayed with this feeling for the rest of the meditation
May all living beings practice pure moral discipline and thereby become fully enlightened beings for the benefit of all.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to retain the thought that all experiences are impermanent, and there is no need to develop negative minds or perform negative actions in response to them.