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

I began with breathing meditation, and once my mind was steady, I moved on to the main meditation.

I started by thinking about the way in which we make progress on the Mahayana Paths. We enter the first Mahayana Path, the Path of Accumulation when we generate Bodhichitta. In order to generate the mind of Bodhichitta we need to have attained Tranquil Abiding – a mind of supreme stability.

With this in mind, I settled into a meditation on Bodhichitta and tried to keep my mind focused steadily on the wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. I simply kept my attention on this for as long as I could, and when the wish faded or my mind wandered off, I simply brought it back to the wish, and renewed my determination to keep it there. I kept doing this for the rest of the meditation – which I enjoyed enormously by the way.

After this, I thought about what this means in light of the practice of exchanging self with others. If I want to truly exchange self with others, I will need to have attained Tranquil Abiding. In fact, I will not really make any realisations until I have achieved Tranquil Abiding. With this realisation I returned to my meditation on Bodhichitta with special emphasis on trying to keep my mind steadily on the object.

Dedication

May all living beings find the stability of mind to attain the common and supreme attainments.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep a steady mind in all my activities, focusing on what is happening right here, right now.