The purpose of this meditation is to generate a wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then settled into a clarity of mind mediation. As for the past few days, I imagined my triangle of clarity, tranquility and bliss at my heart. After a while I felt very still and clear, and I found that even mentally saying the words ‘clear, tranquil and bliss’ were too disturbing. I switched to the mere sound ‘om, ah and hum’ to mean clarity, tranquility and bliss. Finally it all dissolved into clarity, and it needed just the slightest thought to keep my mind still and clear.

After a while of enjoying this state, I moved on to the main meditation object, Bodhichitta.

I visualised the holy beings before me and made the prayer ‘oh Gurus, Buddhas and all you holy beings please listen to what I now say. I will keep a wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha constantly from now on, so that I can free all living beings from the fears of Samsara and solitary peace.’

I then generated the wish to attain that sublime state for the sake of all living beings by developing equanimity (pause), affectionate love (pause), cherishing love (pause) and finally Bodhichitta. I focused on the wish, and also the determination to keep the wish constantly via the Eight Precepts.

I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May we all shine the light of our wisdom and lead all living beings to enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will keep the Eight Precepts: to remember the benefits of Bodhichitta throughout the day, to generate Bodhichitta throughout the day, to not abandon any living being, to accumulate merit and wisdom, to not deceive my preceptor, to not criticise others, to not cause others to regret their virtuous actions, and not be pretentious.