The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish to use our precious human life to attain permanent liberation from suffering.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then recalled the main points of the contemplation Geshe-la gives in the book How to Understand the Mind. Geshe-la begins by telling us that the fourth Noble Truth is that we should attain cessations. What kind of cessations? Cessations from all the different types of suffering we experience. When Buddha was in his palace in India, he observed the sufferings of living beings, and made the determination to attain enlightenment for their sake. Buddha did not say that we should abandon activities which prevent disease, pollution or other problems, but he encourages us to mainly work for the permanence cessation of suffering. We are able to overcome some sufferings for a short period of time, but it is impossible to be free from them permanently by employing external methods. Our precious human life is the perfect basis to work from to attain permanent cessations from suffering, and considering all these points, I made the firm determination: I will free myself permanently from sufferings.


May all living being be freed from suffering permanently.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my determination and what it means to me in my everyday life.