The purpose of this meditation is to generate the pure wish to cherish others, and then to meditate on this wish in light of the practice of exchanging self with others.

I began with calming my mind with breathing meditation before moving on to the main meditation.

I started by remembering that everything I perceive has a cause. Nothing exists through its own power, but from the power of a previous condition. What is the cause of my human body? What is the cause of my good conditions? What is the cause of my having found Dharma? The causes of these conditions are my previous virtuous actions.

What shall I do with these conditions? I shall use it to create further causes for good fortune. I shall create the causes for happiness for all living beings by cherishing all living beings. I felt a strong wish to cherish others and to hold them supreme. I felt like I was holding them in my hands and lifting them up and holding them as supreme. I focused on this feeling for a while.

After a while I decided to look at what this feeling meant in light of the practice of exchanging self with others. To exchange self with others is to cherish them as supreme and to abandon self-cherishing. Clearly, the two are intrinsically linked and interdependent. With the prospect of bringing the practice of exchanging self with others, I returned to the meditation object and focused on it for the remainder of the session.

Dedication

May all living beings understand that the actual method for becoming happy is to work for the happiness of others, and with this motivation may they become enlightened for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep my feeling of holding others as supreme for the rest of the day.