The purpose of this meditation is to generate the wish to purify negative karma, and then to meditate on this wish in the light of the kindness of living beings.

I did breathing meditation until my mind was relatively calm, and then moved on to the next stage.

I thought about what Geshe Kelsang says in his book Meaningful to Behold. He explains very clearly that our actions create potentials which are like seeds planted in an arid landscape. They remain dormant but potent until the rains come, at which point they ripen and grow. Our karmic potentials lie dormant in our minds until the conditions come together for them to ripen and cause an effect.

I have all the potentials for happiness and suffering in my mind right now. I need to purify the negative seeds and plant only positive seeds from now on. I made the determination to avoid negative actions and to use every positive action as a method of purifying negativity by applying the four forces of regret, reliance, opponent force and promise.

I focused on this wish and stayed with it for the rest of the meditation. After a while I decided to see what this means in the light of the kindness of all other living beings.

I thought about it and it occurred to me that my opportunities to create positive actions (and to purify negative ones) rely on my interaction with others – through their kindness I can purify my mind. With this recognition of the essential part others play, I returned to the wish to purify my negative actions.

Dedication

Through the virtue I have created by this mediation, may the negative karma of myself and all other living beings be completely purified, and may we all become Buddhas swiftly for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will be aware of my positive actions, and perform them with the wish that they will act as the method for the purification of my negative karma.

Meditation 9/5