The purpose of this meditation is to generate a vivid wish to use our precious human life for virtue.

I began by making the appropriate preparations and then started by remembering my previous contemplations of my human life. It is precious because it has special endownments and freedoms. It is rare – I have only the one, and when it is over, I will lose all my freedoms and endowments. It could also be very meaningful, if I use it to attain the highest spiritual goal.

ViolinsI thought of my life being like a priceless Stradivarius violin. If I recognise its special qualities and learn to play it correctly, I could make the most exquisite music. But if I do not recognise its special qualities, I could use it for inappropriate purposes – for firewood for example!! Or, I might recognise its preciousness and rareness, but not take advantage of them – like putting the violin into a glass case.

No – I will learn to play my violin, and make the sublime music I know we are all capable of making. And I will not stop until we are all making beautiful music together.

I will use my precious human life for the practice of virtue – the quality which all the Lamrim objects share.

I settled on the wish to use my precious human life for virtue, and tried to keep the object clearly in my attention for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings recognise the significance of their human life, and use it for virtue.

Practice in the Meditation Break

As with yesterday, I will try to identify with the virtuous minds of the Lamrim, and always let my mind be filled with virtuous thoughts.