The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish to become an enlightened being for the benefit of all, and then to consider what this means in light of the practice of taking.

I began with breathing meditation and then moved on to the main meditation when my mind was peaceful.

After this I thought about equanimity, love and compassion. I then developed the wish to relieve all living beings of their suffering, and give them pure happiness. From this, I developed the wish for all living beings to become free from suffering.

I thought about this wish – my personal wish to become a Buddha through the collection of merit and the collection of wisdom. I thought of a person who develops the wish to become a doctor, and who finds out what qualifications and experience they need, and once they have achieved them and gained initial expertise, they continue until they become a competent doctor. I have found out about Buddhas, and I know we can all become Buddhas. I want to become a Buddha and I want to attain the initial qualifications and experience, and then I want to continue on the path until I become a Buddha. I thought (incredibly) about a line from ‘When Harry Met Sally’. The bit where he says something like – ‘when you have decided what you want to do with the rest of your life, you want the rest of your life to begin as soon as possible’. I focused on the idea that I have decided what I want to do with my life, and I want it to begin as quickly as possible. I focused on this wish for a while…

I then thought about the practice of taking. When I become a Buddha I will be able to take on the sufferings of others directly. With this in mind I returned to my wish to become a Buddha for the benefit of all.

Dedication

May all living beings develop the supreme altruistic wish, and then fulfil this wish as soon as possible.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my wish, and keep it in my heart forever.