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The purpose of this meditation is to develop compassion for others, and then to meditate on this compassion in light of equalising self and others.

I began by dissolving my Guru into my mind and staying with this feeling of stability and tranquillity for a while.

I then thought about how I cherish all other living beings, but when I think about how they live, I see that they are plagued with the same sufferings as I have, only generally much worse. I felt that I naturally wanted them to be free from their sufferings and I started to wish them to be free. I kept thinking how I wanted my mother to be free from her sufferings and by extension all living beings. I stayed with this feeling of wanting others to be free for the rest of the meditation.

I then thought about what this means in light of equalising self and others.

If I had equalised self and others, I would find the sufferings of others as difficult to bear as my own sufferings. Just as I want to be free from suffering, I would equally want others to be free from their suffering. And every time I experienced a problem or a physical pain, I would instantly recognise that others are feeling the same thing, and I would wish them to be free in the same way as I want to be free myself.

I thought about how wonderful it would be to equalise myself and others to such an extent that I would spontaneously want them to be free from their suffering. I felt a strong wish for them to be free, and stayed with this wish for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings develop the sincere wish for others to be free from their suffering, and with this Great Compassion be born a Buddha for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to recognise my own suffering and my own wish to be free, and then remember the sufferings of others, and then wish for them to be free too.

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