The purpose of this meditation is to get a really stable feeling of concentration on Bodhichitta, and then to meditate on this wish in light of the advantages of cherishing others.

I began by settling my mind by focusing on the breath and keeping my attention from wandering away.

I then began thinking about how I definitely want to purify my mind and experience a completely pure world. The only way I can experience this is to become a Buddha for the benefit of all living beings. I decided to really focus on this wish, and I slowly began to generate a feeling of reaching out for enlightenment. I felt like I was reaching with my whole mind towards enlightenment. It felt so strong.

I tried to keep my attention focused on this feeling without letting it fade for the rest of this section of the meditation.

After a while, I decided to see what this meant in light of the advantages of cherishing others.

One of the advantages of cherishing others is that it encourages me to find the best way to make them happy. Having looked, I can see that the best way to make others happy is to attain enlightenment for their sake. To attain enlightenment I need to attain tranquil abiding, so that my concentration is unshakeable. Therefore, in a roundabout way cherishing others leads me to understand the need to attain tranquil abiding. With all this in mind, I returned to my simple and all-encompassing wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.


May all living beings reach for enlightenment, and attain it swiftly for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I achieved a very clear and strong feeling of reaching for enlightenment in this meditation, and I will try to conjure it throughout my day.