The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish for all living beings to find true lasting happiness, and then to meditate on this feeling in light of the advantages of cherishing others.

I began with a breathing meditation, following my breath until I felt like I had settled my mind into a peaceful still place.

I then thought about wishing love.  Sentient beings trapped in samsara cannot find true happiness. They search for it in illusion-like appearances, but there is no satisfaction to be found. The beings in the different levels of samsara all experience different amounts of suffering. The beings in the hell realms experience unbearable manifest suffering constantly. The beings in less horrible realms experience less suffering, but even in the god realms, where beings do not experience any manifest suffering at all, they still cannot find true lasting happiness.

I focused on all the living beings, and wished them to be able to find true happiness. I imagined a light growing in their hearts, and wished that this light become the light of true happiness. I focused on this for a while.

I then thought about what this means in light of the advantages of cherishing others.

Surely, the direct consequence of cherishing others is wishing love. If I truly cherish others, and believe that they are supremely special and precious, then I must automatically wish them to be happy. And not just temporarily happy – permanently happy. Thus, a direct advantage of cherishing love is the development of wishing love.

With this in mind, I focused my attention once more on wishing others to find true happiness, and tried to keep this wish clear in my mind for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

Through the virtues I have collected by my meditation of wishing love, may all living beings find true happiness quickly.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will secretly wish happiness to everyone I meet today, including those who cause me problems.