The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong sense if lifting out the sufferings of others.

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then set up my object. I considered how kind all living beings are, and how they suffer constantly.

One does not have to look far to see suffering. I thought of my mother- and father-in-law. She is suffering from dementia and is slowly losing her memory and faculties. My farther in law is watching helplessly as his life partner slowly drifts away from him, in a long goodbye.

I thought of their situation and was filled with compassion. Then I decided that compassion is not enough. I need to do more. I concentrated on them and decided that because of the truth of emptiness, their suffering and them selves are not the same thing. I separated them, and their suffering manifested as black smoke surrounding them. I inhaled their suffering and brought it down into my heart, to destroy my self-cherishing mind. They are so kind to give me their suffering. When I looked again they were youthful and in love, ballroom dancing lightly out of view.

I focused on peace and joy at their freedom and my success.

Dedication

May all living beings find direct release from all their suffering.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will take the sufferings of others and share their happiness and joy.