The purpose of this meditation is to generate a sincere wish to give our precious human life great meaning by using it to attain liberation and enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

I began with the appropriate preparations.  I then started my contemplation by considering that the best use of my human life is that attainment of liberation from samsara, and enlightenment which will give me the ability to help all living beings without exception.

Laughing girlI could use my human life to attain worldly goals – money, power, possessions, experiences such as holidays. If my human life were to be used solely for these purposes, for their own sake, then it would be an ultimately pointless life. All these things will abandon me when I die, if not before. In our constant search for happiness in samsara, we try to achieve all manner of worldly goals, but they cannot prevent our suffering nor the suffering of others. Many people do not know Dharma, and so do not know there is an alternative. Due to my precious human life, with its freedoms and endowments, I know a way to liberate myself from suffering, and furthermore, I can attain an even higher goal – enlightenment, which will give me the ability to help all living beings become permanently free from their suffering. What could be more meaningful than this?

I focused on the four points of a) I will use, b) my precious human life, c) and give it great meaning, d) by attaining liberation and enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings. I repeated these four thoughts again and again until they became one thought, and then out of this came a wish to achieve this by practising Dharma purely and constantly. I felt this wish fill me and flow through me. I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings give meaning to their lives by practising Dharma purely, attaining liberation and attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to constantly remember my wish to practice Dharma, and do so within all my actions of body, speech and mind.