The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of being incapable of generating self-cherishing.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then reminded myself of the way in which Buddhas cherish only others. To quote Gen Rigpa at the Fall Festival ‘I want to be able to have the same answer as the Buddhas’ when you ask them ‘what have you been up to?’ I too want to be able to say ‘cherishing others – I’m so happy’.

By remembering Karma, and the fact that all the unpleasant experiences I have are completely inevitable, I can practice patient acceptance. In the space that gives me, I can choose my reaction to adverse conditions: I can choose the well worn path of self cherishing, or I can plough the shallow furrow of cherishing others – the path to Liberation and Enlightenment.

On contemplating this, I was slowly filled with the feeling of being completely able to cherish others, without self-cherishing. It was blissful.


May I and all living beings be freed for the burden of self-cherishing.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will expect suffering at every turn, and accept it with patience, and simply cherish others.