The purpose of this meditation is to generate a sincere fear of lower rebirth, and then to consider what this means in light of giving.

I began with breathing meditation and moved on to the main meditation when my mind was settled.

I started by thinking about how the lower realms can be understood in terms of human experience. I thought about how in future I could lose my path – I could fall into ignorance and confusion. I could experience the inability to find anything satisfying, and I could suffer a decline into delusion, where everyone and everything is an enemy, causing me harm and suffering.

I felt like I was walking on a glass floor, which could break at any time, and I would fall into a resembling lower realm. I felt a genuine fear – this could happen. I focused on this, and felt very uncomfortable for a while.

Then I thought about what this means in terms of giving.

If I fall into lower realms I will be unable to give anything – I will be consumed with ignorance and self-cherishing. I will lose everything. With this, I refocused on the feeling of dread, and remained there for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings find their way out of the lower realms and pass through the door of emptiness to attain enlightenment and perfect freedom.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember how everything could change so easily…