The purpose of this meditation is to generate reliance upon our Spiritual Guide and trust his wisdom.

Geshe-la BlessingsI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then considered a current condition in my life where i am sorely tempted to judge others. Everything about the situation tells me that this other person is wrong and needs to be told it!

But Geshe-la says that we should simply cherish others, and accept them, They are suffering beings like us, trying to make sense of the world and find happiness – just like us. Will my judgement help them find happiness? Of course, I think it will! They will see the error of their ways and change to adopt my viewpoint and we will all be happy – with a slice of ‘I told you so’ thrown in to bolster my self-cherishing (which has triumphed once more).

Is this a sustainable approach to others? No. If I judge others and try to change them, then this is what I will be doing for the rest of my life, making enemies on the way.

Who knows best here – me with my tiny deluded mind, or my Spiritual Guide with his pure omniscient mind?

The answer is pretty obvious, so I will make a determination to a) not judge others and b) recognise that they are suffering mother beings who just want to be happy too. Actions are not as important as these attitudes. I focused on these two aspects for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings find happiness.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will keep in mind my decision to not judge others, and to remember that they are simply suffering mother beings.