The purpose of this meditation is to generate a deep feeling of the negative nature of self-cherishing. 

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about how self-cherishing paralyses our virtue. If we have self-cherishing in our minds, we naturally believe ourselves and our wishes to be more important than others’ and this leads us to perform non virtuous actions. 

Self-cherishing binds us to samsara and prevents our virtues from flourishing.

i contemplated:

With self-cherishing in my mind, my virtue is paralysed and I am trapped in samsara. I must abandon self-cherishing. 

I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation, and felt liberated from the limiting and tight mind of self-cherishing.


May all living beings be free from the paralysis of self-cherishing.

Practice in the Meditation Break

i will try to remember that self-cherishing is to be abandoned if I am to be free from samsara.