The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong wish to overcome the delusion of self-grasping and then to contemplate what this means in light of the practice of taking.

I began the meditation by mixing my mind with my Guru’s mind and imagining that we are completely mixed. After a while of enjoying this feeling, moved on to the next stage.

I started by thinking about self-cherishing, which is a mistaken attitude with believes that I myself is the most important person in the world – supremely important. It distorts my world into a weird place, where everything seems to revolve around me, and my wishes, beliefs and attitudes are the most important and correct of all.

Self-cherishing completely interferes with my aim to attain enlightenment.

I have a strong wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all, and on the basis of this wish I have entered the spiritual path. I want to work my way through all the stages of the Bodhisattva training. Self-cherishing stops me doing this. It is like a door closed across the path I want to take.

I focused on the idea of self-cherishing being the principal barrier to every single progression along the path to enlightenment, and I generated a strong wish to overcome this delusion so that I can fulfil my wish to complete the Bodhisattva training. I rested my mind on this recognition and wish for a while…

After that had sunk in, I thought about what this means in light of the practice of taking on the sufferings of others.

It seemed very clear to me that without self-cherishing, there would be no problem with taking on the sufferings of others. It is my self-cherishing that makes me believe I am separate from others and makes me reluctant to have anything to do with the sufferings of others. By overcoming this delusion, I will be able to take the sufferings of others joyfully, knowing that it is actually the path I want to tread! With this joyful recognition, I returned to the wish to cleanse my mind of self-cherishing, and focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

Just as all the previous Buddhas generated the mind of enlightenment, and accomplished all the stages of the Bodhisattva training, may all living beings overcome the delusion of self-cherishing, and accomplish all the stages of the Bodhisattva training.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remember my wish to complete the stages of the path to enlightenment, and recognise that from this motivation, I want to complete the stages of the training. I will try to remember that self-cherishing distorts my world and interferes with this wish and this progress, so I will try to eliminate self-cherishing in my mind throughout the day.