The purpose of this meditation is to make a strong determination to gain familiarity with the practice of Moral Discipline with the motivation of renunciation.

The practice Moral Discipline is the practice of virtue. We abandon the ten non-virtuous actions of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, hurtful speech,idle chatter, malice, covetousness and wrong views.

Renunciation is an attitude which says ‘I no longer believe that happiness can be found in samsara, and I intend to use all the measures at my disposal to leave samsara as soon as possible’.

Therefore, when we practice Moral Discipline with the motivation of renunciation, we are putting effort into refraining from the ten non-virtuous actions with a special motivation to free ourselves from samsara.

axeI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about the analogy that Geshe-la gives in the book ‘How to Understand the Mind’. He says that there are Three Higher Trainings which we must engage in once we have made the determination to destroy our tree-like self-grasping mind: Higher Moral Discipline, Higher Concentration and Higher Wisdom. Higher Moral Discipline is like our body, Higher Concentration is like our hands, and Higher Wisdom is like a razor sharp axe. By using our body and hands to swing the axe, we can chop down the tree of our self-grasping ignorance. Once it is chopped down, all the branches of delusions and all the fruits of suffering will disappear and we will have attained nirvana.

I visualised the tree of my self-grasping mind, and decided to focus just on the need for a suitable body to wield the axe. I thought:

I need pure Moral Discipline in order to have hands of Higher Concentration and to be worth to hold the axe of Higher Wisdom. I will put all my physical daily effort into always engaging in pure actions of body, speech and mind.

I focused on this determination for the remainder of the meditation session.


May all living beings experience the purity and self respect of Higher Moral Discipline.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to always remember to engage in pure actions of body, speech and mind.