The purpose of this meditation is to develop the real wish to abandon the self-cherishing and cherish only others, and then to meditate on this wish in the light of equanimity.

I began with some breathing meditation, watching my breath until my distractions had subsided enough for me to move on to the meditation proper.

I started by thinking about what a horrible mind self-cherishing is, and how it defiles all our efforts to be virtuous. It’s not enough to equalise my cherishing of others with my cherishing of myself – I need to abandon it completely. I thought about standing astride a line – one side was light, the other side was dark. The light side was the side of cherishing others, the dark side was the side of  self-cherishing.

I don’t want any self-cherishing at all in my mind. I imagined stepping across, out of the dark, into the light. I imagined lights and nectars flowing down into me, completely filling me with light and cherishing love for others. I let this light fill me and I stayed with this for a while.

I then thought about what this means in the light of equanimity.  With equanimity it is easy to develop a warm and friendly feeling towards all living beings. The feeling is part of cherishing others, and with this recognition I returned to my place standing in the light.


May all living beings step into the light of cherishing others, and abandon the darkness of self-cherishing, so that they can become Buddhas for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to only cherish others, and whenever I notice self-cherishing arising, try to oppose it and abandon it for the worthless and despicable mind that it is.