The purpose of this meditation is to develop the strong wish to cherish other beings, and then to meditate on this wish in light of the kindness of others.

I began the meditation by doing breathing meditation until my mind was calm and peaceful.

I then thought about the points given by Geshe Kelsang in his book Meaningful to Behold. He relates that Shantideva tells us that due to karma, when we cherish others it is the cause for us to experience good circumstances in the future. When we undergo suffering to help others, then we will experience rebirth as a human or god, and ultimately attain enlightenment. If we hold others in high esteem, we will be attain a fortunate rebirth, acquire respect and find ourselves in pleasant company and surroundings. Lastly if we employ ourselves so others will prosper, we shall gain rebirth with good form and exalted status.

Although these benefits relate to future lives, I saw the benefits which will occur in this life. If I want the world to be a better place, I can wait for everyone else to behave in the way I prefer, or I can take the initiative and lead the way. I thought of the well used phrase ‘be the change you want to see’. I want the world to change. I want everyone to love each other and cherish each other. I will try to do this, and lead the way (along with many other sincere Dharma practitioners in many traditions).

I let this intention sink into my mind, and felt a very pleasing feeling of my heart warming to others, and caring deeply for them. I stayed with this feeling for a while.

I then thought about what this feeling means in light of the kindness of others. It seemed to me that I was repaying the kindness of others by cherishing them. This fitted in with the other meditations in this part of the Lamrim. If I cherish others and remember their kindness, how can I not wish to repay their kindness?

With this recognition strengthening my resolve, I returned to the wish to cherish others, and stayed with it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings experience the happiness of cherishing others, and through this practice may they quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remain patient with others, and remember to cherish them despite the problems they seem to present to me.