The purpose of this meditation is to generate a string feeling of compassion towards all other living beings.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then focused on my father. He has been very kind to me and my family over the years. I am so grateful for how he looked after me when I was young and showed me a good example of how to behave. I developed a good feeling of gratitude towards him and developed the feeling of him being important to me – that his happiness and freedom mattered to me.

Then I thought about his loneliness. Since my mother died he has lived alone in a large house. His friends are close by but none are a ‘special’ friend to him. He feels lonely and isolated. I felt his loneliness.

From these two feelings – cherishing and feeling his suffering – I developed a wish for him to be free from his suffering. I focused on this feeling of compassion for a while. I the broadened it out to all living beings. All living beings suffer in one way or another. They all feel sad and unfulfilled. I developed the wish for then all to be free of their suffering.

I focused on this feeling as the object of my meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings be free from their suffering and attain everlasting happiness and joy.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep a mind of compassion.