The purpose of this meditation is to generate seriously think about what harm self-cherishing does, and then to consider what this means in light of Bodhichitta.

I began my making the determination to to meditate on the disadvantages of self-cherishing, and move towards destroying samsara.

I then moved on to some breathing meditation and when my mind was calmer, and then moved on.

I started by thinking about how self-cherishing ruins my life. It is what causes me to give in to temptations, what makes me eat what I shouldn’t eat, say what I shouldn’t say, and do what I shouldn’t do. It robs me of my self respect, and pushes enlightenment further and further away from me. I focused on these problems caused by self-cherishing, and developed a real wish to remove it from my mind.

After this, I thought about what this means in terms of Bodhichitta, the wish to become a Buddha for the benefit of all. Self-cherishing stops me reaching my goal  – it harms me and it harms all living beings. I brought my attention back to the disadvantages of self-cherishing for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings recognise the disadvantages of self-cherishing, and through this, attain the precious Bodhichitta and enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will dwell on the disadvantages of self-cherishing in my life.