The purpose of this meditation is to generate the belief that we have taken all the suffering from every single living being, and in so doing, we have completely destroyed all our own suffering.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation. I piloted my mind into my heart where I mixed it completely with my Guru’s mind. I focused on stillness and silence, and found a completely still place in which to abide for a while. It was completely blissful and undisturbed – a perfect preparation for the meditation to come.
I then moved on to remember that all living beings are my kind mothers. I felt affection for them, and a special bond like a loving hug. I then thought about how they are special and that their happiness and freedom are important. I then considered their suffering: they are constantly encountering problems and heartaches. Their problems never end. May their sufferings end – I myself will make this happen.
I made a firm determination that I myself will bring their suffering to an end.
I then visualised all living beings in front of me and breathed in. As I did so, their suffering in the aspect of black smoke arose from them, and came into my nostrils and down into my heart. I kept breathing it in until all living beings were free from their suffering, and all their suffering was in my heart.
I focused on their freedom and felt their joy at their relief.
I then turned my attention to the black smoke at my heart. I will use this suffering to destroy my self cherishing mind – the cause of all my own suffering. It seemed to me that the smoke was like flames, and my self-cherishing mind was like dry wood. The flames of others’ suffering burned the wood of my self-cherishing. I focused on this process for a little while, and visualised the flames consuming the wood. Finally, the wood was completely consumed, and the fire went out. I recognised this as representing both the destruction of all the suffering of all living beings, and the destruction of the cause of all my own suffering – my self-cherishing mind.
I felt completely at ease and blissfully free from suffering. I also felt the joyous relief of all other living beings.
I focused on this feeling of relief from suffering for the rest of the meditation. It was very beautiful.
May the suffering of all living beings come to an end, and may I destroy my self-cherishing mind, and may we all quickly attain the enlightened state of the Buddhas.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will remember my superior intention – may all living beings be free from suffering – I myself will achieve this.