The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of compassion for all living beings, and then to consider what this means in terms of wishing love.

I began with some lovely breathing meditation, letting my attention settle upon the breath, and developing a very pleasant feeling. Following this I moved on to the main meditation.

I started by thinking about how all these living beings that I cherish are suffering. I thought back to my meditation of yesterday, and the feeling that I had forgotten all about my own self-cherishing – I only cherish others. So naturally, I am concerned for their well-being. But when I check, I can see that they constantly encounter problems and setbacks. No matter what they try, they never experience the happiness they seek in their heart of hearts.

I felt so sorry for them, and I wanted them to be free from their suffering. I focused on the thought ‘I want them to be free from their sufferings’ again and again. I slowly developed a feeling like an urge to help them become free from their suffering. When the feeling grew strong enough, I tried to let my attention rest on it without forgetting it, and I tried to maintain this for the rest of the meditation.

After a while I thought about what this means in light of wishing love. It seemed to me that these two wishes (the wish for others to be free from suffering and the wish for other to find true happiness) were the perfect wishes. We all have the same basic wish – to be happy all the time and to be free from suffering. So by maintaining compassion and wishing love, we are wishing to help others satisfy their two fundamental wishes. How perfect! With this in mind, I returned to my meditation on compassion for all living beings.

Dedication

May all living beings develop the wish for others to be happy, and through this wish, be born into the perfectly happy state of Buddhahood.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to look on others and see their suffering, and wish them to be free.