The purpose of this meditation is to generate the feeling of engaging in all actions with the intention to benefit ‘us’ rather than just ‘I’.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about how all living beings are my mother and how kind they have been to me in the past. I then reminded myself of their struggle to find happiness in this world, and how their struggle is also my struggle. We are all the same in that we are all struggling to find happiness and to be free from suffering. Our problem is that we lack the wisdom to understand where happiness really comes from.

cherishing othersWherever I look I see people struggling to be happy, but looking in the wrong place – misidentifying the actual cause of their problems. They think their problems come from the external world, and if only they could remove these external problems, they would be happy. But this approach is doomed – once one ‘problem’ is overcome, two more will take its place.

I thought about how my goal of achieving permanent inner peace through the practice of Dharma is the actual path to happiness.

I made the determination that from now on, I will engage in all my actions with a virtuous motivation, not just for my own sake, but for the sake of all living beings. Not just for me, but for us. I focused on this thought – not me, but us – for the rest of the meditation, and developed the real determination to engage in all my actions with the wish that they be the cause of freedom for all living beings.

Dedication

May all living beings quickly attain enlightenment and permanent freedom from samsara’s sufferings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my determination, and engage in all my actions with the intention to benefit not just me, but us.