The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong wish to cherish others.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then settled down to think about Geshe Kelsang’s instructions from his book ‘How to Understand the Mind’.

happy faceWe normally believe that our own happiness and freedom (from suffering) is the most important thing in the universe. However this thought is bourne of ignorance because the ‘self’ whose happiness so concerns us does not exist at all. We conceive of an inherently existent self that is truely existent, and exists separately from everything else. We see it clearly, and we grasp at its reality. However, when we come to try to find this self, we cannot. We say ‘Me, me’ and ‘I, I’ and we have a very distinct understanding and sense of what we are referring to when we say these things, but this self is completely unfindable when we search with clear wisdom.

The thought ‘I’ is bourne of ignorance – the ignorance of our self-grasping mind. But from our previous meditations we have decided to hold the view that self-grasping is the cause of all our sufferings. We have committed to abandoning self-grasping.

I contemplated:

All the Buddhas of the ten directions attained their state beyond sorrow by abandoning self-cherishing. They understood that if the self does not exist, then it is nonsense to care about its happiness and freedom. Therefore, to be like them, I also need to understand that my ‘self’ does not exist, and instead spend all my energy cherishing others. The freedom and happiness of others is all that matters.

I focused on the conclusion that the freedom and happiness of others is all that matters, and held it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings have the wisdom to understand that the happiness and freedom of others is all that matters.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep this thought in my mind throughout the day.