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The purpose of this meditation is to develop wishing love, the sincere wish that all sentient beings find true and everlasting happiness, and then meditate on this wishing love within the context of our precious human life.
I began by thinking about my parents, and especially my father. He is so brave and resilient. My mother is not well and however difficult the circumstances, all my father wants is for my mother to be happy. He tries very hard all day to make her happy, although she is hardly aware that he is her husband. It is heartbreaking to see, but inspiring too. All he wants is for her to be happy.
I thought about how I want them both to find true, everlasting happiness. Even when they find some worldly happiness, like when they sit and have a meal together, this is only another form of suffering – changing suffering. It is a temporary reduction in their suffering of isolation or hunger – these sufferings return in a short time.
It is the same for all of us.
I developed the wish that they could find true happiness. This is what everybody really wants, and what they look for the whole of their lives. They search and work for it, but they never find it because they look in the wrong places. They look for happiness in external circumstances, when the true cause of happiness is inner peace.
I wished that my mother and father could find inner peace and thereby find true happiness. I let this feeling develop and then let it apply to all living beings.
I then thought about my precious human life. As this Lamrim cycle has progressed through the Great Scope (meditation 7 and onwards) I have become more and more aware of how rare and precious it is to have the opportunity to make my life so meaningful. Again, I realised how rare and special it is to be able to understand and develop the mind of wishing love. I let this understanding grow in my mind and add power to the feeling of wishing love, and then I stayed with this deep wish for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings seize the essence of their precious human life and develop wishing love, and become a fully enlightened being for the benefit of all.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will constantly wish for living beings to find true happiness, and focus on the people I spend the day with as the representatives of all living beings in the six realms.