The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of equanimity.

protectiveI began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about how my friends become my enemies, and how my enemies become my friends. In my life I have seen this many times. I have seen how strangers become both, and how both can become strangers. Seeings as how others change their roles in my life, how can I say that they are my true friend or my true enemy. If I want to relate to them as their true nature, how can I do this since they change? It must be that I am not relating to their true nature at all. Although they seem to be friends and enemies, this cannot be their true nature because they cannot change their true nature.

The appearance of friend and enemy is deceptive and unsuitable as a basis for relation. Instead I need to relate to others in terms of their true nature. What is this true nature?

Other living beings are trapped by their delusions in their own prison of samsara. Like me they relate to others and their experiences as if they are inherently existent. On this basis, they develop hatred and attachment and sink deeper into the swamp of samsaric suffering. Their true nature is their buddhanature. Their blissful, peaceful true nature which we all have, buried deep beneath our delusions and the imprints of delusions.

I contemplated:

From now on I will remember that living beings have no faults, and that any faults I see are of self-cherishing, and not of living beings themselves. Seeing through the wrong appearances of friends and enemies, I will instead treat all others with warmth and friendliness.

I focused on this determination for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings recognise the true nature of others, and develop equanimity.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will develop equanimity.