The purpose of this meditation is to generate fear of rebirth in the lower realms.

thin iceI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then I thought about how it is said that it is easier for a human to gain enlightenment than it is for an animal to gain a human rebirth. Once my life comes to an end, I will have no freedom to remain and no choice about where I will be reborn. I may well be born in the lower realms and experience life after life of non-virtue and suffering.

I contemplated this, and it seemed to me that I was on thin ice. The ice could crack at any moment, and I will be plunged into fathomless black icy cold water. I have seen the ice crack already a few times, but I have not gone through. I have heard about others who have fallen through the ice, and I know that in the end, it will crack. It cracks for everyone in the end.

I thought about these points, and I felt genuine fear of falling. It was truly frightening. I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings realise we are skating on thin ice, and quickly turn to the three jewels for protection.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember how fragile life is.