The purpose of this meditation is to take on our own future suffering, and then to take on all the sufferings of all other living beings.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then, with my Guru at my heart, looked along my timeline and imagined the sufferings I have in store. Sufferings of ageing, sickness and death; having to encounter what I do not like, having to be separated from what I like, and failing to satisfy my wishes.

FreeI imagined all these sufferings taking the form of black smoke and bringing it towards me here and now. I imagined all the suffering dissolving into my heart, and bore the suffering fearlessly, with patience acceptance as solid as a mountain and as still at the depths of an ocean. I recognised that for the rest of my life, I will never suffer. I felt completely free and relaxed.

I stayed with that feeling for a while.

Then I imagined the universe of suffering living beings. I wished them to be free from their suffering, and then imagined that their suffering left them in the aspect of black smoke. A cloud of black smoke swirled slowly around me the size and shape of a dark galaxy. Then the smoke started to gather closer to me, freeing others of their suffering. I watched the smoke come closer and dissolve into my heart, destroying the last traces of my self cherishing mind.

I thought:

‘I am free from suffering. All living beings are free from suffering. We are completely free.’

I focused on this blissful thought for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings be free from their suffering. I myself will achieve this.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to always see others as suffering, even if they look ok. Simply being in samsara is to suffer, therefore I need to practice taking for their sake.