The purpose of this meditation is strengthen our wish to purify our past negative actions.

japanese-waveI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about how all my negative actions have created potentialities for me to experience suffering in the future. I thought about all the negative actions I have created, and imagined that the suffering was gathering behind me like a massive wave about to crash down on me. It will definitely crash down on me. The problems I have at the moment are nothing compared to what waits in store.

I thought about this for a while and then decided that I need to purify this negative potential before the wave crashes down on me. I thought about the ten non-virtuous actions and confessed to the Buddhas all my actions which come under these headings:

  • Killing
  • Stealing
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Lying
  • Hurtful speech
  • Divisive speech
  • Idle chatter
  • Covetousness
  • Malice, and
  • Wrong views.

I then imagined that through the power of my reliance upon my Spiritual Guide, all the negativities associated with each of the ten non-virtuous actions in turn was purified. In the end I felt like a tremendous weight had been lifted from my shoulders – I felt purified.

Now I needed to not create any more non-virtuous actions. I imagined a pure reservoir of potentiality, and adding to it with more pure actions, like adding water to water. I mixed my mind with this feeling and stayed with it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May I and all living beings purify all their negative karma before the wave of suffering crashes upon us.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to avoid non-virtue and dedication my virtues to purification of my negative karma.