The purpose of this meditation is to decide that we should only engage in virtuous actions from this moment onwards, and hold this wish with single pointed concentration.

I started by remembering that there is no real happiness in samsara, and I need to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings. Meditation is the way to do this, so I determined to meditate with all my effort.

I then went on with some breathing meditation, and when my mind was still and stable, I moved on.

I started by remembering that my actions are the cause of my experiences. The appearances of my life arise from my past karma, and my actions today cause tomorrows experiences. Although there is generally some logic to these appearances, every now and them something happens which is SO bizarre, SO unexpected and SO unlikely, that there must be something going on other than what normally appears.

My past actions of virtue, although they seemed to disappear without trace, were all leaving imprints which later arose as opportunity. All my past negative actions are also there, waiting to cause me problems and suffering.

I rolled these ideas around in my mind for a while and slowly reached the conclusion that I really need to keep performing virtuous actions and absolutely stop engaging in angry, impatient, jealous, ignorant actions. I focused on this wish, and kept it strong for as long as I could. When the feeling faded and I found myself thinking about shoes or the weather or what so-and-so said to me at school, I brought my mind back to my determination to engage in virtue, and kept this thought.


May all living beings see the truth of cause and effect, and do the obvious, for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to only engage in virtue, and watch my mind for signs of delusion – remembering that samsara’s pleasures are deceptive, and are nooses of the maras.