The Four Thoughts, when contemplated as a whole, work towards engendering in us a powerful mind of renunciation. They help us to realise that the periods of happiness that we may experience in this life are short-lived, fleeting, and relative, and that in order to obtain a happiness that is more ultimate, more lasting, it is absolutely necessary that we make our goal that of liberation and thereby transcend samsara. We must cultivate a mind of renunciation that is irreversible; otherwise, our attachment to samsara is so great that it will be difficult for us to generate the desire to leave it.

Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 2 - Part 48" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada

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