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The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish tat all living beings attain true happiness, and then to meditate on this wish in light of the disadvantages of self-cherishing.
I began with breathing meditation, breathing out my distractions and breathing in wisdom light. After a while I moved on…
I began by thinking about a theme park I recently visited with my children. Everyone was running around excitedly, rushing from ride to ride, from arcade to hot-dog stand. It seemed to me like they were like spiritually blind people rushing here and there looking for happiness, but not finding it.
The theme park seemed to be full of offers of happiness everywhere, but failing to deliver each time. It seemed to me that the theme park was a concentrated example of samsara in general. People trying to find relief from their normal lives full of suffering and disappointment by looking for samsaric distractions.
I imagined a massive Stupa in the middle of the theme park, and I generated the wish ‘may all living beings find true happiness in the Three Jewels’. I focused on this wish, reminding myself about how people search but cannot find happiness, and how wonderful it would be if they could.
After a while of trying to keep this firmly in my mind, I moved on to the next stage.
I thought about what this means in light of the disadvantages of self-cherishing. Self-cherishing believes that I am the most important person who has every lived, and that my happiness is far more important than anyone else’s. By practising wishing love, we can overcome self-cherishing and the disadvantages is brings. It felt like knowing this purified my wishing love, making it uncontaminated. I focused on this uncontaminated wish for all living beings to find true happiness, and remained on it for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings find true happiness in their refuge in the Three Jewels, and attain the state of Buddhahood for the benefit of all.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to keep a mind of wishing love, looking at others and mentally wishing them to find happiness, both temporary and permanent.