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.


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.