The purpose of this meditation is to generate the wish to relate to the pure potential in all living beings, rather than their superficial appearance.

pure natureI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then imagined three groups of people in front of me. In the middle we strangers, for whom I have no strong feelings. To either side of this group were friends and enemies. I grasp at people I call friends as having the permanent ability to make me happy, and I grasp at enemies as having the permanent ability to make me unhappy. But these abilities or qualities are imputed by my mind upon these people. They do not have these abilities from their own side. I know this is true because some people dislike my friends, and others like my enemies. If their qualities existed from their side, then everyone would find them to be causes of happiness or causes of unhappiness, without exception.

Given this, I decided to relate to everyone in terms of their pure Buddhanature, rather than by superficial appearances. I made the decision that from now on, I will recognise the appearance of friend or enemy (and stranger) as a false appearance, and relate to people in terms of their pure inner nature. I focused on this and one thing I noticed was that my enemies disappeared. If I do not focus on their seeming ability to make me unhappy, but instead focus on their pure inner qualities, they cease to be my enemies. This is how to overcome our outer enemies – not by fighting and destroying them.

Dedication

May all living beings relate to each others’ Buddhanature, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to relate to all others in terms of their Pure Inner Nature – their Buddhanature.