The purpose of this meditation is to focus on keep our mind completely on the object of meditation (in this case, Bodhichitta), and then to meditate on this in light of the kindness of all living beings.

I began with some breathing meditation, settling my mind by focusing on my breath.  After a while I moved on to the main topic of meditation with special emphasis on keeping the meditation object clearly focused in my mind.

I remembered from yesterday my wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings. I brought to mind my cherishing love and my compassion, and my wishes to take their suffering and give them happiness. I felt a deep wish for them to be happy and free, and recognition that I can only achieve this if I attain Buddhahood myself.

It seemed to me that to be truly alive meant to strive and flourish – to pursue a noble goal which causes us to grow and achieve our maximum potential. What could such a goal be? To attain personal wealth and power? Such things are transient and ultimately meaningless. To attain permanent freedom from our own suffering? This is a noble goal, but there is a higher goal to aim for: the ultimate goal of enlightenment, which will give us the power to help all other living beings. Surely this is what it means to be alive: to strive for the flourishing of enlightenment. What is a life if it is not lived to attain the highest possible achievement?

As I thought about this, I felt truly alive – I have Bodhichitta! I am striving and flourishing! I am alive!

I stayed with this feeling of being in a noble endeavour to take the essence of my human life, and focused on it for the rest of the meditation, bringing in the idea of the kindness of others part way through. This strengthened my resolve as I will be able to help those who have helped me. I will be able to give them some help now, and perfect help in the future. I remained with this invigorating and joyous feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings gain the deepest insights by attaining tranquil abiding, and quickly achieve all the stages of the path to enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remind myself constantly of my endeavour, and see the path in all my experiences.