My local centre is having a Lamrim retreat at the moment, hurrayy! But I can only make the 7am meditation boooo. But I get to meditate with others hurrayyy! All week hurrayy!
So this morning we reviewed renunciation. The contemplation went as follows:
There is no point in denying the existence of the suffering of future lives. At the moment I have a precious human life, but if I do not use it wisely I will not be prepared for these sufferings when they come. I will be filled with regret for not using my precious human opportunity. Therefore I need to apply effort to preparing myself, and freeing myself from the sufferings of future lives.
I thought about these points and it seemed to me that my future lives stretched out into infinity, and they were filled with the same problems as I have right now. I decided that I don’t want to have to go through all that suffering. I decided that I want to stop myself from having to go through all that suffering – I want to be free from the sufferings of future lives.
I kept my mind on this wish for the rest of the meditation.
May I and all living beings truly appreciate the sufferings of future lives, and apply firm effort to ending samsara quickly.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will think about Dharma all day.