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The purpose of this meditation is to develop the wish that all living beings become free from their sufferings, and then to contemplate this wish in the light of death and impermanence.

I began by remembering how I decided to cherish all living beings and to abandon my self-cherishing. I remembered how all living beings are my kind mother and how much I owe them. I then thought about their current situation. They are like prisoners in a prison camp. Their guards and torturers are the delusions. Their physical pain and their mental suffering are all caused by their delusions, and they cannot see the way out. The delusions force them to commit further negative actions which in turn are the cause of even more suffering. I felt like I was looking in at them through the barbed wire fence – they were suffering but they were not even aware they were in this prison. I felt a natural wish for them to be free from their sufferings. Their pain is meaningless and continuous. It is inconceivable that I can let them stay in this prison. I wished with all my heart that they could be free.

I then considered what death and impermanence means for this wish. Even though some people take their own lives to bring an end to their suffering, the cruelty of samsara continues unabated. All that awaits living beings in their next lives is more suffering. I felt an even deeper wish for all living beings to be free from their never ending suffering. I stayed with this wish for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings develop great compassion, and become Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will keep my wish for the freedom of all living beings in my mind, and develop compassion for all those who are suffering, and those who are creating the causes of suffering. There is no sentient being who is not a suitable object for our compassion.

Meditation 2/14

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