The purpose of this meditation is to generate the knowledge that we will attain enlightenment for the benefit of every single living being.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and the settled down with some breathing meditation.

ShantidevaBI then contemplated taking and giving. When I practice taking, I imagine how wonderful it would be to free every single living being from their suffering and the causes of their suffering. When I practice giving, I imagine how wonderful it would be to be able to give pure everlasting happiness to all living beings.  I decided that I want that power. I want to actually be able to do this.

I made the firm decision to attain the actual ability to free others from their suffering and its causes, and to give them pure happiness. How can I do this? There is only one way: I must become an enlightened being for the benefit of all living beings.

I contemplated: ‘I will enter, make progress on and complete the spiritual path, and I will become an enlightened being for the benefit of all’. I repeated these words, and mentally traveled the path to enlightenment. I felt this in my heart, and focused on the feeling of wishing to attain the ultimate, supreme goal. I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.


May all living beings develop the precious mind of Bodhichitta; may it continue to grow in those who have developed Bodhichitta, and may it flourish for evermore.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will do all actions with Bodhichitta motivation: I will do all yogas by one.