The purpose of this meditation is to generate a wish to repay the kindness of all living beings, and then to consider this wish in terms of reliance upon our Spiritual Guide.

I began by making my usual preparations for meditation, and then remembered my kind mothers from past lives. I considered just the humans who are alive on the planet at the moment. Each one has been my mother in a past life – 7 billion past lives. Each year, they gave me help and kindness, assistance and good wishes. Not just my mother, but every living being while I was alive gave me kindness every year. I did some mental maths and if I lived for 70 years per life, and had 7 billion lives, that’s about 50 billion years of kindness. That’s nowhere near how long I have received kindness, but it was a number I could sort of get a feel for.

pendulumI used this as my object for a while, trying to understand how much kindness I have received in the past. It made me feel very grateful.

I decided that I need to start repaying this kindness by generating Bodhichitta. I thought of how I did not understand the term before my kind Spiritual Guide explained it to me through his books and Dharma Teachers. It seemed like a massive pendulum had swung in one direction for too long, and now it was time for me to make it swing back in the other direction.

I made the firm decision that I will generate spontaneous Bodhichitta, in accordance with my Spiritual Guide’s instructions, so that I can repay the inconceivable kindness I have received from all my mothers. I focused on this determination for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings generate Bodhichitta and repay the kindness of their mothers.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will use this determination to joyfully engage in the memorisation of Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.