The purpose of this meditation is to develop the feeling of everyone’s with to be happy being mixed with my own.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then brought to mind the instructions in Modern Buddhism. Having appreciated the great kindness of others in our previous meditations, we can now think about how all living beings want exactly the same thing we do – to be happy all the time and to be free from suffering. Furthermore, there are many more other people than myself.
If I work very very hard for myself, I might be able to achieve some happiness. In fact I might be very happy in this life. But I could use this energy to help others to be happy. With a selfish attitude the maximum number of people I can make happy is one – myself. But with an attitude which looks out towards others and which thinks that their happiness and freedom are just as important as my own, I can make many more happy. And if I follow the Buddhist path I can become a Buddha when I will have the capacity to make all living beings happy and free.
An image came to mind. Previously I have been like a river snaking its way through a barren desert. The river represented my selfish attitude, separate from everything else. But this is a misconception. In reality I am a current in a vast ocean – the ocean of everyone’s wishes to be happy. I imagined my river being a current in a vast ocean, and felt as though I could mix with everyone else’s wish to be happy. I can mix with their wish and help them achieve it. I did not feel isolated and impotent. I felt completely mixed with others, and full of the potential to help others.
All anyone really wants is to be happy and free from suffering. I know what this feels like because it is my wish too, and everyone has it. All these living beings have been so kind to me in the past and tried their best to make me happy. Now is the time to help them in return. I can help many people to be happy by always feeling that their happiness and freedom are just as important as my own.
I let this contemplation settle in my mind, and focused on the feeling of being mixed with others like a current in a might ocean. It was blissful and I felt like I could relate to others, and that I could immediately recognise others as wishing to be happy. I felt like I could really help them. I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings find happiness and freedom from suffering.
Practice in the Meditation Break
All I need to do is to remember that everyone I meet has the same wish I do – to be happy and free from suffering. Remembering their great kindness in the past, I shall help them realise their wish.