The purpose of this meditation is to generate the recognition that our body is the perfect vehicle to use to attain enlightenment, and then to recognise that it is empty of inherent existence.

I began with the decision to meditate well on the subject, and then did some breathing meditation to calm my mind.

I started by thinking about how my human life is the perfect setting to attain enlightenment. I have the perfect balance of good conditions. I thought about the different experiences of gods, demi gods and beings in the lower realms, and how they do not have the conditions which will help them to attain freedom from samsara.

Perfect bodyI thought about my body and my life – they are not perfect in worldly terms, but in spiritual terms they are perfect. I have the perfect body!!! This thought made me laugh to myself. I focused on this point for a while, and then remembered that this body exists like a mirage – it is an appearance. It functions as a body, but it has no existence from its own side – it is merely imputed by my conceptualising mind. Although it is empty, it can function as a vehicle to take me to enlightenment, and because of this, I generated sincere happiness at my current good fortune. I meditated on this for the rest of the session.

Dedication

May all living beings see their body and life as the perfect opportunity to attain freedom from all suffering, and seeing the opportunity, take it.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my good fortune to have the ‘perfect’ body, and to take the opportunity it affords.