The purpose of this meditation is to consider the whole Lamrim cycle of meditations in the light of the fact that all living beings are our mother.

I began by doing breathing meditation, and when my mind was sufficiently stable I moved on to consider what the Lamrim is and what it means.

Lamrim is a series of 21 perfect mental attitudes or realisations. It captures the whole Buddhadharma perfectly.

I thought about these points and I imagined my mind mixing completely with the whole of Buddha’s wisdom. How wonderful that I have found such clear and accessible instructions! I felt like my mind was mixing with the ultimate wisdom of Buddha, and I focused on this feeling of submersion, submission and completeness.

After a while I moved on to the next stage, which was to consider this in the light of the fact that all living beings are my mother. The Lamrim meditations include how we should view others. We should view others – recognise others – as our mothers. Ultimately, we practice Lamrim for the benefit of all our mothers, and we cannot achieve our ultimate goal without our mothers! They are both essential.

Once again I felt a completeness to the Kadam Lamrim – a sense of wonder and of my own good fortune. I focused on this feeling of completeness and meaning for the rest of the meditation – a very wonderful all-encompassing feeling.

Dedication

May all living beings experience the good fortune of practising the Lamrim instructions for the benefit of all their mothers. May they find ultimate happiness in the state of pure enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to watch my daily experiences and create minds in response which are Lamrim minds, and from there, develop Bodhichitta.