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The purpose of this meditation will be to view the whole Lamrim in the light of my precious human life.

I began the meditation by remembering what Geshe Kelsang says about Kadam Lamrim in his recent book, Modern Buddhism:

“Kadam Lamrim is the supreme medicine that can permanently cure all the sufferings of sickness, ageing, death and rebirth.”

I thought about how very precious the Lamrim is, and how I can use it to solve all my problems and make my life meaningful. It is the only way to cure my sufferings.

I thought about the three scopes of Lamrim. By practising the initial scope I will be able to protect myself from lower rebirth. By practising the middling scope I will be able to liberate myself from suffering completely, and by practising the great scope I will gain the ability to help all living beings without exception. How wonderful!

Then I considered: How does my human life relate to Lamrim? How does it inform Lamrim?

Without my human life I would not be able to follow the path of Lamrim. If I did not have a human life, Lamrim would be meaningless or inaccessible to me. It is only because of my human life that I can listen to, contemplate and meditate on Lamrim.

I felt a very deep appreciation for my human life and for the very special Lamrim instructions, and a deep joy that I have these special conditions in order to make my life meaningful. I felt an overwhelming peace and joy arise in my mind, and I stayed with it for the rest of the meditation.


May all human beings appreciate the preciousness of their lives. May all living beings come to experience perfect conditions for practising Dharma, and may they all attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will keep focused on the very precious opportunity I have to practise the Lamrim instructions, strive to keep my vows and commitments purely, and keep Bodhichitta as my motivation for all my actions.

(Meditation 1/1)

Modern Buddhism

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