The purpose of this meditation is to develop strong renunciation for samsara based on the recognition of our countless past lives of suffering.

Wheel of Life scan 12I began the meditation by making the appropriate preparations and then thought once more about the twelve dependent related links which keep me locked in samsara. Beginning with ignorance, my actions keep me trapped in samsara. I thought of how my actions of past lives can cause unhappiness not only in that life but also in this life. I thought of all those past lives, and visualised them disappearing away into the distance. Millions and millions of past lives, all full of suffering, spent wandering, looking for happiness. I felt desperately sad. How tragic.

I focused on this sadness, and then after a while I resolved to bring this sadness to an end. I want it to end. I can’t let it go on. I need to bring this to an end.

I focused on the wish to bring my samsara to an end, and kept this feeling for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings find their way quickly out of samsara.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to retain my memory of the sadness I felt when I looked back at all my past lives, so filled with heartbreak and despair.