The purpose of this meditation is to generate the feeling of sharing complete happiness with all other living beings, and then to consider what this means in terms of reliance upon a Spiritual Guide.

I began by making the appropriate preparations and started the meditation session by remembering my sincere wish that every living being could be happy. I settled my mind on this wish and after a while I felt an irresistible movement to try and achieve it. I imagined my mind at my heart, transforming into the essence of a wish fulfilling jewel. Light rays radiated out from my heart and firstly they touched my family making them profoundly happy and content. Next the touched my friends and neighbours and, once again, they became blissfully happy and content. Finally, light rays spread out across the whole of space and touched every living being. Instantly they became completely happy. I recognised that, in order to do this, my heart – the source of the light – must necessarily be in this same state.

Inner PeaceI looked on the light ray like electrical wires. From the point of view of electricity, when two components are joined by a wire, they are essentially at the same place, in the same state. It does not matter how long the wire is, because the potential at one end is identical and inseparable from the potential at the other end. It is as if the two elements are side by side, rather than separated by a wire. In the same way, I saw that this state of happiness in others was the same as the state of happiness in my mind – complete and unshakeable.

I focused on this understanding of our minds being completely mixed with a state of unshakeable inner peace – pure happiness, and meditated on it for a while.

I then thought about what this means in terms of my Spiritual Guide.

He gave me instructions on this meditation. He gave me instructions on all the preceding meditations, which are necessary for this one to make sense. He provided instructions on how to meditate. He has given me everything that it of value! How kind!

With this recognition, I returned to the feeling of unshakeable inner peace at my heart for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings find unshakeable inner peace, and quickly attain liberation and enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Mediation Break

I will try to maintain the feeling of unshakeable inner peace in my heart. To do this I will:

  • not retaliate to verbal abuse
  • not speak ill of anyone
  • not think about the ‘faults’ of others
  • remember that all living beings have no faults
  • remember that all my problems come from self-cherishing