The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish for all living beings to be freed from the suffering of their samsara, and then to meditate on this wish in light of the the advantages of cherishing others.

I began with a breathing meditation to settle my mind and then moved on to the main meditation.

I started by imagining my mother and father of this life with me. I thought for a while about their lives and their suffering now. I am very familiar with their lives and I really felt for them both. All they can do is struggle against their suffering with no understanding of how to free themselves from it.

I also thought about the living beings suffering in the other realms of samsara. The beings in the hot and cold hells; the beings in the realm of hungry spirits; other humans; the gods and demi gods. I thought about all their sufferings. Some of their sufferings are manifest while for others, they are accumulating the causes for future suffering while enjoying seemingly good conditions. It was a horrible thought – when living beings are enjoying good conditions, our delusions are like demons working in the background, leading us to create the causes of suffering.

On reviewing samsara, it seemed to me to be an actual chamber of horrors – real horrors.

All my kind mothers are trapped here – all these kind beings who I love so deeply. If I did not love them, then I would not be particularly motivated by considering their suffering, but because I love them, I generated the specific wish that they be free from their unbearable and neverending suffering. When this feeling became strong, I focused on it.

After a while, I thought about what this means in light of the advantages of cherishing others.

It occurred to me that Universal Compassion depends upon the wish to cherish others. Without this wish, I will not be capable of generating the wish for all living beings to be free from their suffering.

With this thought I returned to my meditation on universal compassion, and let it fill my mind.


May all living beings develop the wish to cherish others, and on the basis of the contemplation of others’ suffering, develop universal compassion, Bodhichitta and thence the perfect mind of a Buddha.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will look for the signs of suffering in others, and wish them to be free from this chamber of horrors.