The purpose of this meditation is to understand our true predicament in life and develop the desire to be free.

I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then reminded myself of all the sufferings I am enduring at the moment. Some of them don’t seem like sufferings, but that is largely due to my familiarity with them and my stupid assumption that they are inescapable.

As I contemplated these sufferings, it seemed to me that I was like a man with his arms elbow deep in acid, searching for things to make him happy, like some dreadful game of lucky dip. The deeper we reach the more pain we feel.

I develops a desire to pull my arms from the acid, and scrape it off my skin. I developed the wish to stop searching in the acid bath for happiness – it cannot be found. I focused on this wish for the rest of the meditation.


May all the virtues I have accumulated here, ripen upon Bodhisattva Nelson Mandel! And may he take a rebirth in a pure land.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remember the unsatisfactoriness of samsara, and fel the need always to be free.