The purpose purpose of this meditation is to understand just how much suffering will be endured in future lives.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then proceeded to think about our need to ‘know sufferings’. I am already familiar with many human sufferings from my experiences in this lifetime. But here, to ‘know sufferings’ means to understand the sufferings of our future lives.
When I die I will take rebirth somewhere in samsara and experience suffering. I mused about how long it would take to get back to an opportunity as good as the one I have now. Let’s see… there are 7 billion people in the world. If I was to be reborn as each of them in turn I would work my way through them in 7 billion lifetimes, and then have this opportunity again. If the average human life is about 50 years (I have no idea really) then I am looking at 35 billion years. That’s an awfully long time.
Perhaps it isn’t so bad, I thought. Some people are also Kadampas which must reduce the time taken by a bit at least… let’s say 30 billion years. Hmmm thats 5 billion years off but it’s still a very long time. A mind bendingly long time. It would not be so bad if my lives were more or less like the one I have now. But they won’t be. They’ll be alot more painful that this one.
I thought all this through and developed a very sincere wish to definitely attain liberation from this cycle of suffering in this lifetime, because I really don’t want to have to wait for the opportunity to come around again… in 30 billion years time.
May all living beings seize their precious opportunity to free themselves from the prison of samsara.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to remember this is a prison, and I need to break out or face incarceration for an awfully long time.