The purpose of this meditation is to generate the complete belief that we have abandoned self-cherishing and that we now only cherish others. We then think about this in light of great compassion.

I began by dissolving my Guru into my heart and sharing his peace and tranquillity. After a while of enjoying this clarity, I moved on to the main meditation.

I started by remembering my wish to abandon self-cherishing as it distorts my perceptions, and leads me down paths to suffering. I also remembered my wonderful experience yesterday in meditation of cherishing only others. I thought of how I do not have to completely neglect my body in order to only cherish others. At first, it may appear that I have to stop caring for my body and mind, and focus on others. But this is a mistake. I need to take sufficient care of my own body and mind so that they are in the best possible shape to cherish others. I can be like the ambulance driver who keeps his vehicle in the very best of condition so that it is always ready to help others when they need it. I settled on this feeling of looking after myself for others’ sake, and cherishing others whenever I can, and remained on it for as long as I could. When I forgot about the object and discovered that my mind was wandering, I brought it back to the object and tried to keep it there.

After a while, I thought about what this means in light of great compassion.

It seemed to me that today’s was extremely important to the attainment of great compassion. By abandoning self-cherishing and turning all our cherishing towards others, we become intensely interested in others. We become strongly concerned with their happiness and freedom and we naturally want them to be happy and free from suffering. It seemed very clear to me that exchanging self with others was a massive component of great compassion, and with this in mind, I returned to my wish to cherish only others.

Dedication

May all living beings exchange self with others, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will treat others as if they were the most important person in the world