The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish for all living beings to be free from their suffering and then to meditate on this wish in light of Lamrim.

I began by mixing my mind with my Guru’s mind – trying to establish his mountain-like stability and his ocean-like depth and stillness in my own mind. When I had a really nice strong feeling of stability, depth and stillness, I moved on to the next stage.

I began by thinking about great compassion – the my wish for all living beings to be free from their suffering. Yesterday I had a lovely time at a friend’s barbeque. I spent the whole time talking to relatives of the host, and listening to the stories of their lives, and not saying anything about my life. One thing I noticed, especially with older people, is how unhappy and discontent they were. They were all suffering pretty much all the time. I thought about all these people, and imagined that they represented all living beings, and wished them true freedom from their sufferings. I really wished that they could be free. When I had this wish firmly in mind, I tried to remain on it for as long as possible.

After that, I thought about what this means in terms of the Lamrim cycle of meditations.

I realised that the Lamrim meditations lead me to a qualified mind of compassion. Compassion itself depends upon its parts, such as equanimity, affectionate love and cherishing love. Another essential component is the understanding of the sufferings of others, which Lamrim allows me to empathise with through my training in the Intermediate Scope. The Lamrim explains and gives experience of these parts, and naturally leads to qualified compassion. Compassion is the protector of migrators and the mother of the Buddhas. Lamrim gives me great compassion and all the attainments that follow on. How wonderful is Lamrim! With this joyous realisation, I fixed my mind on great compassion and tried to keep my attention firmly focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings be freed from their suffering, and quickly attain the protection of Buddhahood, for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember to wish freedom from suffering on everyone I meet.