The purpose of this meditation was to generate a strong wish to apply Dharma to every experience,

I began the meditation by making the appropriate preparations, and then settled down to reflect on my recent holiday.

We spent the last morning of our holiday by the pool.  I looked around and saw lots of new faces – the people I had come to recognise had all left to go home, to be replaced with a similar number of strangers. They were lazing around the pool, or poolswimming, or laughing as they threw balls to each other and engaged in other activities, As we walked one last time past the pool, I got a distinct feeling of not being part of something that I used to be part of. For two weeks I was a holiday maker by the poolside, laughing and playing, but now I was different: my time had come to an end and I was leaving.

As I thought about this feeling of leaving, it struck me that this is what it might feel like when I am near to death, I will look about me and see others engaged in their normal affairs, not really caring that my time is coming to an end. It will be time for me to move on, but others will stay. I dwelt on this feeling for a while.

I thought about what I will take with me. I cannot take the pool or the hot sun home with me. I have photographs, but these are really just reminders of memories. In fact, the only thing I have really brought back are thoughts – recollections of the experiences of the holiday.

I then thought about a trip to a nearby town that I had wanted to make, but never got around to. My son developed an ear infection towards the end of the holiday and this meant that we ran out of time to visit the town. This seemed very similar to my life, where I know that enlightenment is possible but if I do not use the opportunity I have while it is available, I will run out of time and I will miss my opportunity.

I thought about this and the connection between my experience the truth of Dharma became clear. What conclusion do I reach?

I concluded that I need to practice Dharma now, every moment, purely and sincerely. At the moment I allow myself to be distracted and to engage in non-virtuous actions, aimed at securing the fleeting pleasures of this life, which I will have to leave behind when I die. Where do these actions lead me? To unhappiness! So I should rely on Dorje Shugden and transform my life into a pure land by changing my view.

I focused on the idea of transforming my mind, and therefore my world into a pure, happy world. It felt expansive and blissful, and keeping my contemplation within my awareness, I focused on this blissful feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May I and all living beings use their precious human life in a meaningful way.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to make every action meaningful, because soon I will have to depart this life.