The purpose of this last meditation on the eight worldly concerns was to emphasise the illusion-like nature of our self – the person for whom we work so hard and who sees the eight worldly concerns as so important.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking through the eight worldly concerns. At root, they are feelings. Feeling pleased at experiencing something or feeling displeased at not feeling something.

Feelings lack true existence because they are dependent related, which is the direct opposite of existing inherently.

Not only that, but the person who experiences these feelings is also dependent related. Both the experience and the experiencer are illusory. How hard we work to attain illusory results for an imaginary friend!

I focused on this reasoning and slowly developed a strong wish to abandon the eight worldly concerns as a losers game, and instead focus on attaining liberation from this fools game. I took this as my final object of meditation.


May all living beings experience liberation from the sufferings of the eight worldly concerns.

Practice in the meditation break

I will try to remember my wish.