The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of wishing to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

meditationI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by recollecting the desperation and heartache I felt yesterday in my meditation on compassion. I then moved forwards and thought ‘what can I do about all these suffering beings?’.

It is clear that in my normal capacity as a human being there is very little I can do to alleviate the sufferings of all living beings. Even if I work single-mindedly for the rest of my life, I can only temporarily affect the lives of tens of thousands of people, or perhaps a million (if I did a Bob Geldof). But how can I possibly reach all living beings?

I thought of the beautiful definition of enlightenment given by my teacher, Geshe Kelsang, which is that enlightenment is an inner wisdom light that is completely free from mistaken appearance and which functions to give mental peace to every living being each and every day. This is what I want – this is what I need. This is how I can benefit all living beings. I must become an enlightened being so I can give mental peace to each and every living being.

I focused on this wish, and had the lovely thought that I want it so I can give it away. How wonderful. I settled my mind on it for the rest of the meditation, and when I lost my object, I generated it again and tried to stay with it.


May all living beings develop the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep my wish strong through my practice of the Precepts of Bodhichitta.