The purpose of this meditation is to generate the understanding that everything is impermanent.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then began by thinking about how everything eventually falls apart. As Geshe Kelsang says in Eight Steps to Happiness: Impermanence spaces nothing and no-one.

I imagined all my possessions, which seem so solid, crumbling into dust – as they surely will. Nothing endures – nothing remains. Given this, what is the point in me making them the meaning of my life?

I developed the sincere wish to turn my back on these things as objects of refuge. I stayed with this wish as my object of meditation.


May all living beings see the impermanence of their lifes, and turn away from them as objects of refuge.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will imagine everything as if it were about to crumble into dust.