The purpose of this meditation is to develop renunciation for samsara, and then to meditate on this wish in light of the kindness of all living beings.

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

I thought about the sufferings of this life, and the constant problems we all face. It seemed to me like our experience is made up of long periods of mundaneness punctuated by many problems and the occasional brief moment of happiness. How unsatisfactory. We are never sure what is around the corner. There is no dramatic music leading up to our problems like in the movies. We are just as likely to fall ill on a bright sunny day as on a stormy dark winters night. We never can tell what is heading our way.

I thought about this and about how there is a way to end this. We can attain liberation by turning our back on samsara. Towards the end of the meditation it hit me that there really IS a way to escape. It is not just an idea or a story. It is a reality. It happened just at the end of the meditation and I wanted to really sit on that feeling, but I had to move on.

I then through about what this means in the light of the kindness of others. I realised that I can attain liberation through the kindness of others. My moral discipline depends on the presence of others and my contact with them. I focused on this understanding for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings attain liberation and enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to maintain my view that all samsara is unsatisfactory, and that I need to abandon attachment to it in order to be free.