The purpose of this meditation is to generate a sincere wish to work for the benefit of others as much as ourselves because we are all equal.

BuddhaI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and mixed my mind with my Guru’s mind at my heart, asking him to help me and become one with my mind. I settled into a peaceful mental state before moving on to the main subject of the meditation.

I started by remembering the words from the beautiful Liberating Prayer, which I recite at the very start of every meditation. Two lines seemed to be very pertinent. We recognise that Buddha loves all living beings without exception, and that his mind is refuge for all living beings:

You who love all beings without exception…

And your mind is refuge for all living beings.

These two lines indicate that Buddha has no discrimination but loves all living beings completely and equally. They also indicate that every single living being can find peace and happiness by going for refuge to him.

Buddha cares for all living beings as if they were his only child.

If I were to harm other living beings, or prefer some to others, it would be like me being respectful and having faith in a mother, but treating her children badly.

On this basis, I decided that since all living beings are equal, and they are the same as me, and that Buddha loves us all, that I would view all living beings as suitable objects to care for. I would work for their happiness just as I work for my own.

After a while of thinking along these lines, I felt a deep wish to help and work for others, and this primarily meant to work on my own mind – find inner peace myself, and then give it to others. I was filled with this sense of peace and the wish for it to help others. I took this as my object and meditated on it for the rest of the session.

Dedication

May all living beings remember the good qualities of Buddha, and work for the benefit of all living beings without exception.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my wish to work for others, and put it into practice throughout the day.