The purpose of this meditation is to generate the wish to always remember the consequences of our actions and to be extremely cautions in our actions, avoiding non-virtue and gathering abundant virtue.

Geshe-la with teaI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then started by contemplating karma in general. Karma is a deeply hidden object, and only Buddhas can know which actions lead to which particular effects. But we can have faith in the truth of karma because the Buddhas and the Gurus tell us it is true. They have nothing to gain by deceiving us because they already have everything they need. All they want is for us to be free from our suffering too. Why deceive us? On this basis, we should simply accept the truth of karma, and then contemplate the consequences of this very natural and logical process.

I thought about how all my actions cause all my experiences. All my suffering and dissatisfaction come from my past n0n-virtuous actions. All my happiness and contentment come from my past virtuous actions. Given that this is the case, I need to always be extremely cautious when engaging in any actions. I need to check the action itself and also my motivation. I need to try to make sure both are as pure and virtuous as possible. I need to be mindful all day, and keep a clear intention.

I focused on this idea of a clear intention to practice virtue throughout the day, and I was slowly filled with a very clear and still feeling – perfect clarity of intention. It was very restful and blissful, and I stayed in this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings keep a perfect intention to create positive actions, and may they quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to overcome the incessant mental chatter I have to endure from my uncontrolled mind, and maintain an inner stillness which will allow me to think about all my actions, and maintain a virtuous intention.