The purpose of this meditation is to get an understanding that our time in the fortunate realm of humans is like a short holiday from the sufferings of the lower realms.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then thought about a phrase in The New Meditation Handbook where Geshe-la says that our current human life is like a short holiday away from the inconceivably long periods of time we spend in the lower realms.

on the beachI thought about how our holidays last only a very short time. After our holidays are over, we return to the day to day drudgery of our everyday lives.

I have always thought this was bizarre way to life our lives. We should try to make every day joyful and happy, rather than assenting to the view that it is during our holiday when we can be happy. If we do this, then by definition, we are assenting to being unhappy for 50 weeks out of 52! That’s not how I want to spend my life!!

I thought more deeply about how this life is like a short holiday. A practitioner of initial scope is like someone who plans to not go home, but to stay on holiday for ever. A practitioner of the intermediate scope sees that even on holiday, things are still not perfect. Such a practitioner plans to leave even the holiday resort for somewhere completely free from all suffering.

I focused on the idea of being on a short holiday, with a certain return to suffering in a short time, and I got the feeling of being in a very short window of time. My life in this fortunate realm will soon come to an end, and instead of returning to the lower realms, I really should be trying to get to the land of liberation. I focused on this thought as my object of meditation.


May all living beings find the opportunity to see how their life is like a short holiday, and plot complete escape, rather than assent to the inevitability of return to suffering.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to see how my life is like a brief holiday, and focus my efforts into developing renunciation for samsara so that I can develop the wisdom realising emptiness, and free myself completely from the cycle of suffering.