The purpose of this meditation is to strengthen our resolve to become an enlightened being for the benefit of all.

I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about how I can build a ‘boat’ of Dharma which will take me to the shores of enlightenment. It does not have to look pretty and I don’t have to have anyone else’s approval for it. My boat is mine, and provided it is watertight, if will take me to my goal.

I thought ‘I will receive the blessings of Buddha. I will build Dharma Jewels in my mind, and I will receive he help of my Sangha friends. I will build my boat of Dharma and cross the dark sea of suffering to reach my goal, enlightenment for the benefit of all.’

I repeated these words till a deep understanding of them arose in my mind. I then focused on it. When the understanding faded, I went through the contemplation again until I got it back, staying with it once more.

Dedication

May all living beings build Dharma Jewels in their minds and quickly attain the enlightened state of the fortunate ones.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my wish throughout all my actions.