The purpose of this meditation is to investigate the implications of death.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then turned my attention to the inevitability of death. I will definitely die. Definitely. It happens to everyone and I will not be different. The richest people die. The longest lived people die. enlightened people die (in a physical sense). No matter what I do I will die. Definitely.
I thought of my Tantric practice and thought about how I must gain the ability to remain aware as my mind dissolves into its most subtle state. As my mind dissolves from state to a more subtle state, certain signs appear which can be perceived if we do not lose our awareness and mindfulness.
To become enlightened I need to have sufficient control of my mind that I can perceive these signs. In short, I need tranquil abiding to be able to keep my mindfulness while my mind dissolves at the time of death.
How can I be sure I will be able to do this? Because every night when I go to sleep I experience the same signs, except my mindfulness is so weak that I cannot remember seeing them as I experience them. The moment I perceive them, they are forgotten as if they were never perceived. This has happened every single night of my life, and I have never seen them.
When I die, I need to pilot my mind through the journey to its most subtle state and through to enlightenment.
Therefore, not for the first time when contemplating death, I resolved to attain tranquil abiding as my main aim in training my mind. I focused on this wish for the rest of the meditation and kept up a very strong desire to attain the ultimate stability of mind.
May all living beings find mental stability.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will keep my desire to attain perfect mental control.