The purpose of this meditation is to develop a deep familiarity with the understanding that we now have a precious human life.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation.

After settling my mind, I moved on to consider my current circumstances. All my conditions are right for Dharma practice. My body, my family, my house, my job, my teachers, the NKT, my Dharma friends, this blog… everything is right. Some of these things may normally be perceived as problems, but for me they are perfect for Dharma practice.

To use a favourite image of Kadampa Ryan, all these conditions are like waves on an ocean of emptiness. At the moment, certain waves have risen out of the ocean of my root mind, and are appearing conventionally as perfect conditions for Dharma practice. I am very fortunate because I can ‘see’ these conditions directly with my sense awarenesses. If they were not manifest in this way, they would be hidden, and I would have no opportunity to practice Dharma.

Golden LadderIt seemed to me that all these condtions were like a golden ladder, with each one of them being a rung – a rung that I can use to climb out of samsara. I imagined a golden ladder in front of me, and understood that each rung was really one of my perfect conditions for Dharma practice. But the ladder won’t climb itself! I need to use each rung to climb up.

I focused for a while on my precious human life being like a golden ladder, with all my conditions being like the rungs, and generated a real appreciation for my current good fortune.

After a while I decided to focus more on what I want to do – what conclusion do I reach?

At the moment I have this ladder within reach. I need to interact with each rung in order to climb out of samsara. In my normal life, I need to interact with each person, each situation in such a way that my virtues and realisations increase. I need to climb the virtuous ladder out of my samsara!

I settled on this wish to use all my daily experiences as methods to climb out of samsara, and tried to keep my mind from wandering away from it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings see the preciousness of their human life, and use every opportunity to climb out of samsara

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will offer every drink, dedicate every action and keep my commitments so I can climb the ladder of good fortune as quickly as possible.