The purpose oft this meditation is to generate a wonderful feeling of wishing everyone to be happy, and then to consider this feeling in terms of reliance upon our Spiritual Guide.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then through about how my previous meditations had completely removed the sufferings of all living beings.

French_meditating_woman-248x300I rekindled the feeling of bliss we shared as both myself and all living beings were freed from our sufferings. Then I realised that this bliss was effectively just changing suffering, albeit complete changing suffering. Normally when we go from a state of intense suffering to a less intense state of suffering, we see the relief as pleasure – this is changing suffering. If we move to a state of no suffering at all, it is still just the removal of suffering, and the bliss we feel is not true happiness – just complete changing suffering.

I thought about how wonderful it would be if all living beings could experience true happiness, and not just this bliss of complete changing suffering. This bliss is already wonderful, so how much more wonderful would it be to experience true happiness on top of this bliss?

I thought about my family and visualised them in turn. I held them firmly in my mind and said ‘I wish that you could be truly happy – I will do everything I can to help you be truly happy’.

I was filled with a wonderful feeling of wishing love – a love and a determination to help all others experience true happiness. I focused on this feeling for a while.

I then wondered what this experience means in terms of reliance upon a Spiritual Guide.

It seemed to me that, as with most of these meditations, there is no way that, on my own, I would have arrived at this unqualified wish to help others be happy. My normal selfishness would have stopped this pure thought arising altogether, or at least tempered it with a wish to secure my own happiness at the same time. The pure love of Wishing Love leads me to want all others to be truly happy – without any thought for myself. It is pure and uncontaminated. It removes all competitiveness and the wish to ‘better’ others. How could I want to beat others when all I want to do is make them supremely happy?

I relaxed into this feeling of wishing love for friends, enemies and all others in samsara, mixed with faith in my Spiritual Guide, and tried to remain focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings focus on others, and try to make them happy, both immediately, and ultimately.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to make the person I am with happy, and remember that they represent all living beings. I will pray – just as I make this person happy now, may I make all living beings truly happy by helping them attain the state of pure enlightenment.