The purpose of this meditation is to generate a feeling of joy in performing virtuous actions.

 

I made ad ether appropriate preparations for meditation and then contemplated how all my experiences are caused by my actions.  In general terms I can see how this is true. By following valid reasoning I can see how it is true for all my experiences.

If I want to experience good conditions in the future I need to purify my negative karma and I need to perform virtuous actions. I thought about how I should grin and bear difficult situations. Then I thought how this was not enough. I should rise above difficult situations – not get bogged down in them, but see them as illusory. With a light mind I should be joyful in acting with open hearted virtue. The act of creating virtuous actions is a cause of great joy, for it lays down the foundation of future happiness.

I contemplated:

Rising above my difficulties, I can enjoy my virtuous effort because it is the cause of immediate and long term happiness.

I focused on the feeling of joy at acting virtuously for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings rise above their petty difficulties and enjoy joyful effort.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to act with joyful virtue in my difficult circumstances.