Welcome to the fifth week of our Meditation Project, where examine the object from different angles to improve our understanding. Towards the end of the week we bring all our thoughts together in two qualified meditations. The anticipated format is one meditation per day Monday to Friday, and then the same meditation on Saturday and Sunday, bringing all our understanding together. [These meditations are taken from the Book – How to Transform Your Life, available from Tharpa.com]
Our meditation topic for Week 5 is Samsara.
Week 4 Object: A heartfelt wish to put effort now now into liberating ourself permanently from the sufferings of my countless future lives.
Day 1 Contemplation
We should know that out human life is only precious and of real value when we use it to train in spiritual paths. In itself it is a true suffering. We can use our understanding of sufferings in this life to understand how much suffering we will have to endure in all our future lives, unless we free ourselves now from the cycle of suffering known as samsara.
Day 2 Contemplation
Unless we free ourself from samsara now, we will have to experience the suffering of lingering illness and death for countless aeons.
Day 3 Contemplation
In samsara we have to experience many things and situations which we would rather avoid. We are constantly brought face to face with experiences we find unpleasant. This is the nature of samsara and we will face these situations again and again throughout all our future lives.
Day 4 Contemplation
In samsara we have to experience separation from those people and things to which we wish to be close. We work hard to maintain a pleasant house and to support our family, but in order to do so we have to spend many hours a day separated from them. We should understand that this is the nature of samsara and we will face these situations again and again throughout all our future lives.
Day 5 Contemplation
In samsara we often experience the frustration of our wishes. We work hard and endure many hardships to make our plans come to fruition, but often our plans don’t work out. Our deepest wishes are left unsatisfied – in the end, in samsara all our dreams are broken. We should understand that this is the nature of samara and we will face these situations again and again throughout all our future lives.
After becoming familiar with our meditation object through the previous five meditations, we can now try to bring all our understanding together in one object of placement meditation, arrived at through the following contemplation:
There is no benefit in denying the sufferings of future lives; when they actually descend upon me it will be too late to protect myself from them. Therefore I definitely need to prepare protection now, while I have this human life that gives me the opportunity to liberate myself permanently from the sufferings of my countless future lives. If I do not apply effort to accomplish this, but allow my human life to become empty of meaning, there is no greater deception and no greater foolishness.I must put effort now into liberating myself permanently from the suffering of countless future lives.