The purpose of this meditation is to generate a very strong feeling of being as concerned for others as we are for ourselves, and then to consider what this means in light of great compassion.

I began with breathing meditation, and mixing my mind with my Guru’s love, compassion and emptiness. My mind slowly became very calm, peaceful and filled with a delightful happiness.

After a period of this, I moved on to the next stage. I briefly brought back to mind my previous few meditations where I generated equanimity and appreciation for the kindness of all mother beings. I then developed this by remembering that my wishes are the same as theirs:  they wish to be free from suffering and experience only happiness, and so do I. In this way we are all the same.

I felt a great kinship with others, understanding that we are all in this together. I felt my heart going out to all other living beings and a great commonality between myself and others. I thought of how every time I think of my own wishes, this should be a trigger to remember the wishes and needs of others. They have been so kind to me in the past, and now I have many opportunities each day to repay their kindness. I must work as hard for them as I work for my own happiness and freedom from suffering. In this way I can make my own life truly meaningful. I focused on this determination for a long while…

After that, I moved on to bring in what this means in light of great compassion.

I could see straight away that equalising self and others was a more limited version of great compassion, but not that much more limited. It seemed to me that it was just the strength of the wish that differentiated the two. How beautiful is the Lamrim! How elegant and perfect, that one mind builds on the last and so on. How fortunate we are to have such a thing in the world with us now!

With this in mind, I returned to my wish to work for the happiness and freedom of others just as much as I work for the happiness and freedom of myself. I felt my heart dissolving into the hearts of others, and a strong wish to help them for the rest of my life. I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings see the equality of us all, and work together for the enlightenment of all living beings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember how ‘we are all in this together’ and that when I feel a wish to do something for my own happiness or freedom, I should use this as a reminder to work for the happiness and freedom of others too.