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The purpose of this meditation is to see what the entire Lamrim means in light of the advantages of cherishing others.
I began with breathing meditation, feeling my mind slowing down and centring itself gently on an expansive calmness.
I then started thinking about the Lamrim. It is a set of meditations which encompasses, directly or indirectly, each of Buddha’s many teachings. Originally presented by Atisha, the Lamrim sets out Buddha’s instructions in such a way that they all make sense, and any apparent contradictions are overcome. It is the most precious thing I have ever found.
I then thought about what this means in light of the advantages of cherishing others.
The Lamrim allows me to understand how to be happy, and how to overcome all faults. One of the most profound things it reveals is how to live our life – we should live our life cherishing others, not cherishing ourself. Through the Lamrim, I can enjoy all the temporary and ultimate advantages of cherishing others. How wonderful! With this in mind, I returned to my feeling of the preciousness of Lamrim, and stayed with it for as long as I could.
May all living beings learn to cherish others, and enjoy the temporary and ultimate advantages it brings.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to cherish others all the time!