The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings, and then to consider this wish in the light of equanimity.

I began with some breathing meditation and then imagined that I was sitting at my own heart, very still and stable. I let the blissful feeling of tranquillity wash over and through me for a while before moving on to the meditation itself.

I began by reminding myself that Bodhichitta is the spontaneous wish to become enlightened for the benefit of all living beings. I thought about what it means to have Bodhichitta. I must have recognised my own precious human life, and that I will soon die and lose my opportunity. I must have realised that my actions create my experiences, and carried out positive actions. I must have realised that samsara is pervaded by suffering, and that liberation is the only source of true happiness. I must have developed true equanimity and recognised my mothers of all my past lives. I must had remembered their kindness and wished to repay it. I must have completely exchanged my cherishing of myself for cherishing of others, and I must have developed the sincere wish to take away the sufferings of others, and give them pure happiness. Finally I must have realised that the only way to achieve this goal is to become a perfect enlightened being myself.

I thought about the qualities of a Buddha and how I want to have those qualities for myself. I wished sincerely to become a Buddha for the sake of all living beings and kept my mind focused on this wish for the rest of the meditation.

I had already brought equanimity into my meditation, so towards the end I emphasised the importance of equanimity in the achievement of Bodhichitta, and then returned to the sincere wish to become a Buddha for the Benefit of all.

Dedication

May all living beings come to understand the real meaning their lives can have, and use their precious opportunity to follow the spiritual path, develop Bodhichitta and become perfect enlightened beings for the happiness and benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep my Bodhichitta alive throughout the day, constantly reminding myself of the benefits of Bodhichitta.