The purpose of this meditation is to develop the feeling of refuge.

I began by making the appropriate preparations and then reminded myself that I have a precious human life that will end soon, leaving me open to the sufferings of the lower realms. Where can I go for protection? I cannot ask my friends and family to protect me from death – they cannot protect themselves! I cannot ask the police or my employer – they are no more able to help me than anyone else.

No – for protection from the sufferings of lower rebirth I need to turn to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. These three precious Jewels can protect me.

I focused on kneeling and beseeching the hole beings to protect me from the sufferings of this life and future lives. I felt enfolded in protection, and safe. It was the kind of feeling I had as a child, held by a parent. Safe and protected. Lovely.


May all living beings find protection from suffering.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep my refuge throughout the day.