The purpose of this meditation is to reflect on the entire Lamrim cycle of meditations in light of the disadvantages of self-cherishing.

I began with breathing meditation until my mind was calm, and then moved on to think about what the Lamrim is. The Lamrim is a cycle of meditations which, together, comprises all of Buddha’s instructions for attaining enlightenment.

Self-cherishing is a mind that works only for my own childish ends, whereas Buddhas work for the benefit of all living beings – just look at the difference between us! I recognised that I can use the Lamrim to remove my self-cherishing and attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

I imagined a wide disc standing upright, with the Lamrim meditations represented around its edge in an unbroken circle. I imagined the Lamrim being like a portal, and stepping through it I felt like I had purified and removed all my self cherishing. I instantly felt a wonderful feeling of being pure and clean – free from self-cherishing and capable of cherishing others completely. I focused on the feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings experience the bliss of abandoning self-cherishing, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all, and may my merit from all my Dharma activities ripen upon others until they attain enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember how the Lamrim can destroy my self-cherishing completely, and work to bring it into my life completely.