The purpose of this meditation is to gain the strong wish to practice pure moral discipline.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by recalling that the six perfections are the actual method for becoming a buddha. By engaging in the six perfections we move closer to out goal of being able to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.

doveI thought about the practice on moral discipline and abandoning each of the ten non-virtuous actions of body, speech and mind. I wish to abandon killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. I wish to abandon lying, hurtful speech, divisive speech and idle chatter. I wish to abandon covetousness, malice and wrong views.

As I contemplated this, I thought about how pure I would become. I felt purer and purer and then another feeling – a feeling of being free. I realised that the practice of moral discipline frees us from self-inflicted problems and sadness. If we always act with moral discipline we will be pure and free. I thought of the times I have failed in practising moral discipline – sometimes spectacularly failed. I decided to put those events behind me. I cannot change them now, but they can act to prevent me progressing if I dwell on them. I mentally made my peace with my mistakes and looked forward, with the wish to be pure and free.

Dedication

May all living beings be free, and pure.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to always have in mind my bodhichitta wish, and especially my wish to engage in moral discipline.