The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong wish to abandon samsara, and to try to maintain a good steady image of this wish in our mind while we meditate.

I started with making a determination to meditate on renunciation because it is the path to liberation from samsara.

I then did breathing meditation and when my mind was calm, moved on.

I started by thinking about the words from the Prayer of the Stages of the Path – ‘Samsara’s pleasures are deceptive, bring no contentment only torment’.  I thought about how all the pleasures I am attracted to in samsara are traps. I want things – I can’t seem to help it. But once I put my mind on an object of desire if becomes tight, and I feel ill at ease. If I obtain the object, it does not give me the lasting satisfaction I am looking for.

I thought about this and it seemed to me that I am chasing around and around looking for something that I will never find in samsara. I decided that I need to look in another place – in the place beyond samsara – liberation. I need to free my mind of uncontrolled states of mind and understand how things really are. Then I will be able to keep inner peace. I focused on this wish to become free from samsara, and tried to keep it clearly in mind for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings not be fooled by samsara’s deceptive pleasures, but turn to the path of liberation to attain satisfaction, for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember that samsara’s pleasures… are deceptive.