The purpose of this meditation is to develop the strong recognition that all living beings are our mother, and then to consider what this means in light of the practice of taking.

I began with breathing meditation, centring my attention at my heart and mixing my mind with my Guru’s mind. After a while I moved on to the main meditation.

I began by considering what my mind actually is. My mind cannot be photographed – it is not a physical thing. It has no physical form. It does not make any sense to ask ‘where is my mind’ because it has no form. Objects appear to my mind, but in fact they must be the same nature of the mind otherwise they could not interact. Therefore all objects must lack true form, despite appearances. My life, my body, my world are all appearances. My mind is not produced by my body – my mind simply perceives theses objects. My death will also be an object perceived by my mind. It will not cause an end to my mind – just different appearances.

Given this line of thinking, I will have countless future lives without end. I must also have had countless past lives without beginning. In each of these lives I must have had a mother. Where are these mothers now? They are all the living beings I perceive around me now.

I thought about this again and again, and I began to think ‘equal’ and ‘mother’ at the same time as perceiving all living beings. I felt like I was surrounded by all living beings who were all the same and all my mother. It felt extraordinary – I had the very strong feeling of all my mothers being around me at the same time. I focused on this feeling for a while…

After that I wondered what this feeling meant in light of the practice of taking on the sufferings of other living beings. I realised that if I sincerely believe that all living beings are my mother, I will have no difficulty in taking their suffering, bearing in mind what they have done for me in the past. With this recognition, I returned to my feeling of all living beings being equally my mother, and rested my mind on it for the remainder of my precious time in meditation.

Dedication

May all my kind mothers find the good fortune of the path to enlightenment, and quickly enter, progress along and complete all the stages of the path, for the benefit of all living beings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will look at others and think ‘this is my mother’, as much as possible today.