The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish that all living being could find true happiness, and then to meditate on this wish with good concentration.

I began by wishing to engage in the meditation with good concentration, for the benefit of all living beings.

I then did some breathing meditation, and when my mind was more settled, I started the main meditation.

SurfersLiving beings cannot find true happiness in samsara. The perfect, everlasting happiness we all seek is not here. I thought of my friend Losang Tenpa’s photographs of surfers, which he has put on Facebook recently. Surfers are a good example of how we all search for happiness. Surfers are always searching for that ‘perfect wave’, put great effort into finding it. Every now and then, they catch the perfect wave… and it lasts 15 seconds. Then the search for the next one begins.

I thought of how hard people work for happiness. They work themselves into the ground in their search for it. Chasing the mirage of happiness through houses, partners, cars, jobs, holidays etc. etc.

They are looking in the wrong place. They are looking to external objects as the cause of happiness, and do not realise that true happiness can only be found by looking inwards, and finding inner peace. I settled on the wish that they find peace and happiness. I thought ‘how wonderful it would be if they could find true happiness’. I repeated these words to myself while thinking of how hard they work to find happiness. I slowly developed a very strong wish for them to find happiness. It felt like I was urging a horse to win a race. You know, when someone is staring at the horses, and urging their horse on with every muscle in their body? I felt like this, but urging living beings to find true happiness. The feeling was strong, and I kept focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings find true happiness, and in that happiness, lead all living beings to that same state.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will secretly urge others to be happy.