The purpose of this meditation is to generate the wish to only perform virtuous actions in recognition of the effects of actions.

books-jpgf-frontI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then I called to mind a section from Joyful Path of Good Fortune, where Geshe-la talks about karma. He says that we can tell what attitudes we have held in the past and what actions we have performed in the past simply by observing our circumstances and experiences now.

If we experience poverty, it is because we were miserly in the past. If we are often angry, it is because we have repeatedly allowed the delusion of anger to control our mind in the past. If we enjoy good circumstances and find Dharma easy to practice, it is because we practised virtue and we meditated in the past.

We can make this connection with confidence because we can often see the connection between our actions and our experiences.

I thought about how my experiences and habits now have been caused by my previous actions, and I felt a very clear connection between them. It seemed very obvious that I need to practice virtue now so that I avoid suffering in the future. I focused on this and I developed the wish to practice virtue and to overcome my strong desires to perform non-virtue.

Dedication

May all living beings recognise the connection between their current situation and their past actions, and may they act in a way that brings them quickly to actualise their full potential.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to bear in mind the clarity of this meditation’s conclusion, and try to refrain from non-virtue.