The purpose of this meditation is to generate a deep feeling of fear – fear of what will happen after this life ends.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then brought to mind the contemplation:

When the oil in a lamp is exhausted the flame will go out. This is because the flame is caused by the oil. But when the body dies the mind is not extinguished because the body does not produce the mind. When I sleep my mind experiences dreams. When I die, my mind will experience another life as real as my dreams seem to be. I cannot control where I go when I dream, and likewise I cannot control where I will be reborn. I could easily be reborn in a hell realm, or as an animal.

dangerI thought about these points and I realised that I have no control over where I will be reborn. I have no idea when I will die, but when that happens, I will slip into my next life without control. I am in danger. I repeated the thought ‘I am in danger’ again and again, and I felt afraid. I focused on this feeling of fear for the rest of the meditation, re-establishing it when it faded or I lost my focus.

Dedication

May all beings realise that they are in danger – danger of lower rebirth, and find refuge in the Three Jewels and their own virtuous actions.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remain aware that I am in danger.

ps, yesterday’s post about death did not upload because my app crashed. Sorry!