The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of wishing our life to be filled with purity from this moment on.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began contemplating how I can avoid dying. My natural view is that I don’t think about dying – really dying. I consider dying everyday, but I rarely get a firm feeling that I will die. So I considered all the ways in which I alone, in this human body, will avoid death when each and every other human being since time began has died. I slowly got a feeling of how stupid it is to think that I alone will not die.
I then thought about the things that I am planning at the moment. I am planning holidays. I am planning a new kitchen. I am thinking ahead to these things, but the truth is I may die before I see them. I may die today, and not see another sunrise. I may not live to see my plans come to fruition. The only thing I can be certain of is that I will live to see death.
I repeated to myself:
I may die today, I may die today.
After a while I felt like the life I normally think of as extending way into the future is no where near as certain as I assume. It could end tonight. What then? What will my life mean?
Clearly, the only important things I do are Dharma related. I can integrate all my Dharma practices into my daily life if I remain mindful of them. And then when death comes, I can say ‘look at my life – I lived it well – I have no regrets’.
I felt a deep wish to act purely, and completely in accordance with the holy beings’ wishes. I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings live purely.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will integrate Dharma into all my daily activities.