The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong feeling that all living beings are definitely our mothers, and then to contemplate this feeling in light of wishing love.

I began by thinking about how the flame in a lamp will go out when the oil is exhausted, because the flame arises from the oil – they are the same continuum. But it is different for our minds. When our body dies, our mind is not extinguished because our mind does not arise from our body – they are not the same continuum.

I thought about this for a while and it seemed to me that my mind was a formless continuum of thoughts which extended far far in to the past, far more ancient than the duration of my short life. It will continue far far into the future, way beyond the death of this short lived body. I dwelt on this recognition for a while, and when this idea was firm, I considered that in each of my past lives, I have had a mother. Where are these mothers now? They are all the living beings I see around me now. I thought about my relationship with my mother, and I thought about how my children love their mother dearly. I thought about this connection, and then imputed this connection between myself and all other living beings. I slowly began to feel a very close connection with all living beings because I saw them as my mother. When I had this feeling firmly in mind, I rested my mind upon it, and let it fill my awareness.

After a while I thought about what this means in light of wishing love. It seemed to me more clear than ever that wishing love is not a ‘stand alone’ mind, but a mind made up of parts, one of which is the recognition that all living beings are my mother. It seemed clear that when I think ‘wishing love’ I am really trying to keep a simultaneous awareness of all the Lamrim objects which ‘precede’ it. With this delightful recognition, I returned to that part of wishing love which was the recognition that all living beings are my mother, and stayed in that feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

Through the virtues I have collected here, may I become a Buddha for the benefit of all my kind mothers, and may they soon be released from their sufferings within samsara.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember and ‘see’ that all living beings are my mother.