The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong wish to realise emptiness in order to end samsara.

Wheel of Life scanI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then started to visualise the wheel of life. Beginning with the ignorance of self grasping, a chain of cause and effect is created which locks us into a suffering mode of existence.

Buddha taught suffering and the causes of suffering as described in the diagram of the Wheel of Life. If we understand suffering and the causes of suffering, we can then ask if there is a different way. Is there a mode of existence that does not have suffering as its principal characteristic? Buddha says that there is such a mode of existence, and that it has a cause. We can create the cause for this mode of existence, and experience life without suffering.

The cause for experiencing this life without suffering, or nirvana, is simply to look in a particular way. In the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva, the Great Being advises Shariputra: ‘looking perfectly and correctly at the emptiness of inherent existence also of the five aggregates’. To free ourselves from all this suffering, all this heartbreak and all this turmoil, all we have to do is ‘look’. We need to look at the lack of inherent existence of persons and phenomena. And when we see their emptiness, we see that the whole of our samsara is like an illusion, and has been all along. At that moment we are free, and we can never go back to the world of suffering. We are permanently free!

I made the resolution to ‘realise emptiness and destroy the wheel of samsara’. I repeated the determination until it became an embedded feeling, and when that arose, I focused on it as my object of meditation.


May all living beings destroy their samsara with a look.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to maintain the wish to realise emptiness and destroy samsara.