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The purpose of this meditation is to develop a strong determination to rely upon our Spiritual Guide, and then to contemplate this in the light of our precious human life.

I began this meditation by contemplating the benefits of relying upon a qualified Spiritual Guide.  If I rely upon him purely I will quickly overcome my delusions and distractions. I will make my life meaningful, and quickly fulfil my wishes of attaining liberation and enlightenment for the benefit of all.

I thought about these benefits, and then I thought that it is my choice who I take as my Spiritual Guide. It is up to me to decide who I am going to spend my life following. I realised that I only have one life, and by following a Spiritual Guide I am using up that one precious life and giving up all other Guides. Two things immediately became apparent to me. Firstly, I had better be sure that my Spiritual Guide is qualified. Of that I have no doubt. Secondly, if I am going to follow him, I need to do so with great devotion. I need to really understand his instructions and to put them all into practice constantly and sincerely. There is no point in being half-hearted. I have to give this 100%. I need to turn my life into a complete spiritual practice, with my Guru at its centre.

As I thought about this, I felt a very strong wish to rely upon Geshe-la completely, and to learn and put his spiritual instructions into practice. I focused on this strong wish for a while.

I then thought about what this means in the context of my precious human life. I realised that once again I am only able to rely upon my Spiritual Guide because I have attained a precious human life.  It is so rare, so precious. I let this sink in and re-established my determination to rely wholeheartedly upon my Spiritual Guide.


May all living beings find a qualified Spiritual Guide and rely on him or her completely until they have attained the path of no more learning.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will rely sincerely upon my Spiritual Guide by remembering his instructions throughout the day and night, and striving to always comply with them

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Reflections on the cycle of Precious Human Life Meditations

For this cycle of the Lamrim, I have been looking at each of the meditations in the context of the first meditation, our Precious Human Life. It has become clear to me that the opportunities to protect myself from suffering, to liberate myself permanently from suffering and to free all living beings from their sufferings are entirely dependent on my having attained a precious human life. I have all the freedoms and endowments I need to become a Buddha – to waste this opportunity would be a tragic waste. This cycle has encouraged me to recognise the special opportunity we all have, and to make the most of it while it lasts!

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