The purpose of this meditation is to recognise the preciousness of our human life and resolve to use our opportunity to practice Dharma, and then to contemplate this resolution in the light of the fact that all living beings are our mother.

I began with some breathing meditation and then moved on to the main meditation object.

I began by thinking about all the many ways in which my current life is particularly favourable to the practice of Dharma. I have access to Dharma teachings which would have been very difficult for me to find 30 years ago. I have access to teachers of pure Dharma. I can read Dharma texts with unbelievable ease – they are available digitally and in print. I have many personal conditions which allow me to learn and practice Dharma wisdom every day.

I thought about how it is so easy to take these conditions for granted, and not recognise them as special. But they are incredibly special, and I must always remember how rare and precious they are.

I made the determination to always practice Dharma at every opportunity. I kept repeating this wish and felt a strong desire to practice Dharma constantly. I stayed with this wish for a while.

I then thought about what this means in light of the fact that all living beings are my mother. All the people I interact with are my mother, so by practising Dharma, I am being kind to all my mothers. It felt like they were all my family (which they are in reality), there to help me practice and use my precious human life to its best advantage. With this added aspect, I returned my mind to the wish to practice Dharma sincerely, and remained on this thought for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings recognise the many special conditions they have in their lives which allow them to practice Dharma purely. May they take advantage of these conditions and practice purely and sincerely so that they quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will always remember how precious my human life is, and strongly keep my intention to practice Dharma purely.