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The purpose of this meditation is to develop the strong belief that all living beings are experiencing complete happiness, and then to meditate on this belief in light of the fact that all living beings are our mother.

I began the meditation by doing breathing meditation, stilling my mind and experiencing an exquisite feeling of calmness, stillness, expansiveness and focus.

I then moved on to the main topic where I began by observing that this meditation needs to be done within the context of the previous great scope meditations. I reminded myself that all living beings are my kind mother and that they all want the same thing – to be free from suffering and to experience pure happiness. Their happiness is my main concern – all the happiness in the world comes from wishing others to be happy.

I focused on all living beings and imagined that my body transformed into the nature of a wish fulfilling jewel which had the actual power to give pure happiness to them. I imagined light rays emanating from my body, spreading across space touching all living beings. As the light touched them, they instantly experienced pure everlasting contentment and happiness.

I felt their happiness in my heart and rested my mind on this feeling of happiness – a happiness across all living beings.

I then thought about what this means in light of the fact that all living beings are my mother. I had already incorporated this aspect into my meditation, but I emphasised it again, making it clear that these living beings are actually my mother. My wish fulfilling light is making it possible for my mothers to experience happiness. This thought made the meditation object even more meaningful, and I stayed with the feeling and belief for the remainder of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings become wish fulfilling jewels, quickly becoming enlightened so that their light rays have the actual power to bestow pure happiness to all living beings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will imagine light rays emanating from my heart, bestowing pure happiness onto everyone I meet, see and think about.

The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong belief that through our collection of merit and our virtuous intention, we have successfully given true, lasting happiness to all living beings, and then to meditate on this wish in the light of equanimity.

I began with some breathing meditation and gradually calmed my mind until it was quite relaxed and stable.

I then started thinking about how all living beings are constantly searching for happiness, but cannot find it. All then find is changing suffering.

I decided that this would have to stop, and that they must find true happiness. I made the firm decision ‘I will give all living beings true happiness’. I imagined a metamorphosis within my body, and my flesh and bones gradually transformed beneath my skin into the nature of a wish fulfilling jewel. As the change became complete, light rays began to radiate out of my body. First they touched my parents, and I saw them happy together once more. Then the rays touched my family, my friends, everyone I know, and then all other living beings. I imagined the rays reaching all the living beings in all six realms of samsara, and giving each one pure, lasting happiness. I felt their relief and joy with every  being I pictured, and I felt completely filled with peace and joy. I stayed with this feeling for a while.

I then moved on to think about what this means in the light of equanimity. My warm and friendly feeling towards others is the seed of this joy I am feeling now. It is completely part of this feeling and at the core of it. With this recognition I returned to imagining that all living beings had found true happiness and that this was actually reality.

Dedication

May all living beings see that all the happiness in the world comes from wishing others to be happy, and through this practice experience everlasting happiness and joy.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to imagine light rays emanating from my heart today, touching all the living beings I meet and giving them pure happiness.

The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong belief that I have given true happiness to all living beings, and then to meditate on this wish in the light of actions and their effects.

I began the meditation by recalling my wishing love from yesterday. I tried to recapture the feeling of cherishing all living beings and wishing them to be happy – to find the happiness they seek.

I then looked inside my body and saw a tiny spark of light in my heart. As I looked I saw it gather in strength and grow steadily brighter. The light grew and grew until it filled my body. Then the light broke through my skin and radiated out into the space around me. The light grew until its rays filled the whole universe, reaching every living being.

As the light touched the living beings, it instantly granted them true peace and happiness. They instantly transformed into enlightened beings, whose nature is peace and contentment. I felt connected with them and truly happy and peaceful myself. I stayed with this feeling for a while.

I then decided to see what this feeling meant in the light of actions and their effects. The mental action of giving happiness to others is the precursor to the actual physical act. If I can familiarise myself with the mental act I will naturally find ways to perform the physical act. By making others happy I will progress along the spiritual path and make my life meaningful – how wonderful! With this in mind I returned to the feeling that my body was the nature of a wish-fulfilling jewel giving true happiness to all living beings

Dedication

May all living beings practice giving perfect happiness to others, and in so doing follow and complete the path to enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

By cherishing others and recognising their precious nature, I will try to give them whatever happiness I can, and mentally wish them the happiness of the enlightened beings.

The purpose of this meditation is to put our wish to give happiness to all living beings into practice.

I began by remembering my previous meditation – wishing love. I remembered my urge that all living beings be able to find true happiness. I let this urge fill my mind for a while.

I then took a decision: I will make this happen. I made a firm decision that I will make this happen. It felt like nothing could avert me from this path. I imagined my body becoming the nature of a wish fulfilling jewel.

I imagined a pure brilliant white light growing at my heart, slowly increasing in intensity until it filled my body. It grew and grew until it burst out of my body and rays of light extended across space to touch all the living beings ensnared in the ocean of samsara. I imagined that the light rays instantly lifted them out of the water and they transformed into enlightened beings, in the aspect of Buddha Shakyamuni.

I imagined all living beings have achieve complete and pure happiness. I felt their joy and shared in it. I remained in this feeling of universal joy for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings learn to give pure happiness, and become Enlightened Beings for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will keep strong wish give love, happiness and assistance to all living beings.

The purpose of this meditation is to put our wish for others to be happy into practice.

I began the meditation by calling to mind the conclusion of the previous meditation: that all living beings search for and cannot find true everlasting happiness. Instead they are restlessly moving from one object to another, trying to find satisfaction. I recalled my deep wish that they find true happiness.

I recalled my visualisation of a man walking on stepping stones, finding that each one slowly sinks under his weight, forcing him to keep moving to the next one, and the next. I visualised many, many people all doing the same thing, searching for something tangible and dependable. I watched them restlessly moving for a short time.

Then I made a firm determination: ‘I will give them the true, everlasting happiness they seek’. I caused my body to become the nature of a wish-fulfilling jewel, with a soft white light at the centre. I caused the light to grow stronger and brighter, until it filled my body and rays stretched out to the people walking on the stepping stones. As the light touched them, they became Buddhas. The lifted off the stones and hung in mid air in the meditation posture. They experienced pure inner peace and satisfaction. My light continued to touch all other living beings in the Universe, causing them to become Buddhas too.

Through my contact with them I experienced each of their joys and happiness. All their complete happiness joined together in my mind. The Universe was filled with pure white light, and joy. It was magnificent. I felt pure joy and contentment filling the whole of my mind and the whole Universe.

I remained on that beautiful feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May I and all living beings perfect the path of Giving, and become a Buddha for the benefit of all.

Practice in the meditation break

I will mount my practice of taking and giving upon my breath today. Whenever I meet living beings I will breathe in their dark smoke of suffering, and leave them free from suffering, and destroy my self-cherishing. Whenever I breathe out I will imagine light rays emanating from my heart, touching them and giving them pure happiness and satisfaction.

My other conclusion from this meditation is that I need to put all my effort into my spiritual development and the development of my local Centre, and the development of Kadam Dharma in general.

I began the meditation where I left of in the last one. I re-established the image of all living beings working so hard to find happiness, but not finding it.I remembered my wish for them to find true happiness.

I then formed the determination that I would see that this happens. I will take responsibility for ensuring all living beings find happiness. I made this decision firm in my mind, and felt a firmness in my mind. I imagined a light slowly growing in my heart. It got brighter until it filled my body with light. I felt that I was completely happy and secure. Then the light rays extended outside my body, and reached living beings nearby. They instantly found true and lasting happiness. The light rays multiplied and continued extending further and further, touching al living beings. Eventually the whole universe was filled with light from my body, and all living beings in the universe had found true, lasting happiness.

I felt like all living beings were part of the same body, united in a feeling of happiness and security. It was a feeling of sheer bliss. I stayed with this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings, including myself, become able to bestow true lasting happiness upon all living beings by becoming enlightened beings.

Practice in the meditation break

In this break, I will mentally imagine light rays emanating from my body, and touching all the people and animals I meet, and I will pray that through my practice of giving, they may find true happiness.

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