Yesterday’s meditation was concerning taking on the suffering of others, which felt liberating for both myself and others.
Today’s meditation was about wishing love. I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by remembering my deep love for all living beings. I cherish them deeply, with all my heart. But when I look, I see that they are obsessed with the worldly concerns of this life. They struggle to find happiness is wealth and respect, in pleasure and a good reputation. But these things will disappear in a heartbeat – our last heartbeat. Then what? All that struggle and effort will be for naught – in fact worse than that because our self-cherishing will have driven us to perform many non-virtuous actions for the sake of these worldly concerns.
I developed the wish that instead of chasing illusory sources of happiness, that all living beings could instead find the path to true happiness – true peace of mind. I contemplated:
All living beings search for happiness, but there is none to be found in this dark cave of samsara. I wish that all living beings can find true happiness in the truth of Dharma.
I focused on this wish and slowly developed the understanding that I myself need to make this happen. Although I am far away from this at the moment, I need to identify strongly with my Buddhanature, and see myself as my pure potential for happiness. I need to demonstrate to others that Dharma has solved all my human problems, and then teach them with sincerity by my example and by my words. I focused on this feeling of having perfected my Buddhanature, and that by doing so, I will lead all living beings to pure happiness. I must do this because my human life will be over very soon. I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation.
I dedicate all my virtues to Miguel P Walters. May my Dharma Brother take rebirth in the pure land and complete his journey to enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to keep my sacred vows and my commitments, for the benefit of every single living being.