The purpose of this meditation is to meditate on the advantages of cherishing others, and then to meditate on this in light of the dangers of self-cherishing.

I began with breathing meditation, counting my breaths until I reached 18 and then starting again, until my mind became peaceful and lucid. Following this I went on to the next stage.

I began by thinking about how we need to appreciate the good qualities of others in order to fully cherish them. If we can always remember the good qualities of others, we will wish to benefit them, and we will naturally behave in virtuous ways which will be the foundation for our future happiness.

I focused on the good qualities of others, listing them mentally. They act as the object for my love, and the problems they cause me help me develop patience. They show me the truth of actions and effects, and show me that without Dharma, there is no meaning in life. I thought of the many other ways in which they have good qualities, and developed a sincere wish to benefit them by practising virtue. I stayed with this feeling for a long while.

I then thought about what this means in light of the dangers of self-cherishing.

The wish to cherish others and the wish to cherish ourselves are opposites. They lead us in opposite directions and cannot be reconciled. Realising that by cherishing others, I am rejecting self-cherishing and making my life truly meaningful, I focused once more on the wish to benefit others and cherish them as supreme.

Dedication

May all living beings take the path of cherishing others, and develop the precious Bodhichitta, attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will always remember the good qualities of others, and never think about their faults.