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.