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I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation. I settled on my mind and then began contemplating  how living beings cannot find true happiness in Samsara.

Living beings try and try to be happy in Samsara and sometimes they find some limited happiness in worldly pleasures. But the truth is everybody knows is that this happiness is short lived and unsatisfactory. In fact this happiness is just another way of suffering in Samsara.

Since I cherish all living beings, when I think about how they cannot find true happiness I naturally develop the wish for them to find true happiness.

I focused on this wishing love of the rest of meditation, wishing for living beings could experience real happiness, not wildly changing suffering.

They all living beings experience true, real happiness.

VK

The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong feeling of wishing all living beings be happy.

I made the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started to simply wish others to be happy. My previous determinations to cherish others easily returned and I focused on the wish for others to be happy. Lovely.

Dedication

May all living beings be happy.

Practice in the meditation break

I will see if I can keep the wish alive today.

The purpose of this meditation is to generate the sincere wish for all living beings to be happy.

I made appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by thinking about my family. In their own different ways each of them is striving to be happy for as much of the day as possible. But the happiness they experience is changing suffering. It feels good, but really it is simply the reduction of an unpleasant feeling until it is tolerable. They look for food, comfort, entertainment etc., but it is not long before they are trying to do something else to overcome their latest discomfort.

I wished that they could experience the true happiness of enlightenment. This happiness will never fade, and is always satisfying.

When the wish was firm, I extended it to all living beings and stayed with it as the object of my meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings experience the pure happiness of enlightenment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my meditation and wish everyone pure happiness.

Yesterday’s meditation was concerning taking on the suffering of others, which felt liberating for both myself and others.

MiguelToday’s meditation was about wishing love. I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started by remembering my deep love for all living beings. I cherish them deeply, with all my heart. But when I look, I see that they are obsessed with the worldly concerns of this life. They struggle to find happiness is wealth and respect, in pleasure and a good reputation. But these things will disappear in a heartbeat – our last heartbeat. Then what? All that struggle and effort will be for naught – in fact worse than that because our self-cherishing will have driven us to perform many non-virtuous actions for the sake of these worldly concerns.

I developed the wish that instead of chasing illusory sources of happiness, that all living beings could instead find the path to true happiness – true peace of mind. I contemplated:

All living beings search for happiness, but there is none to be found in this dark cave of samsara. I wish that all living beings can find true happiness in the truth of Dharma.

I focused on this wish and slowly developed the understanding that I myself need to make this happen. Although I am far away from this at the moment, I need to identify strongly with my Buddhanature, and see myself as my pure potential for happiness. I need to demonstrate to others that Dharma has solved all my human problems, and then teach them with sincerity by my example and by my words. I focused on this feeling of having perfected my Buddhanature, and that by doing so, I will lead all living beings to pure happiness. I must do this because my human life will be over very soon. I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

I dedicate all my virtues to Miguel P Walters. May my Dharma Brother take rebirth in the pure land and complete his journey to enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to keep my sacred vows and my commitments, for the benefit of every single living being.

Today’s meditation was about wishing my kind mothers could find happiness.

This evening we had some old friends over for dinner and I listened to them talk about how busy their lives are and how they rush around all week to fulfil all their commitments. Deep down they are simply trying to find happiness. But there is no true lasting happiness in this samsara – the land of broken dreams.

So my meditation was one this topic, and I so wished that my friends could find peace and happiness.

Dedication

May all living beings be happy, free from misery, and may they never be parted from their happiness and have equanimity, free from hatred and attachment.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember my wish for all others to be happy.

The purpose of this meditation was to develop a mind full of the wish that all living beings could be happy.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then brought to mind the various members of my family. We were naming a day out today and I wanted to cherish them all. I imagined each of them in turn and focused on what each of them need in their lives right now. I made the determination that I would try to give the what they need, and hopefully make them happy. After a while I felt a welling up of love for my family and I focused on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings be happy.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I tried to give each of my family what they needed: attention, reassurance, love and respect.

Today I had a blissful train journey down to London. While everyone else was flicking through heaps of papers or busily texting their friends, I just sat quietly in my seat for the whole journey.

I began by meditating on the emptiness of the train. I tried to find the train that I had just boarded and sat down in. At the station I had seen the train arrive. Before I started meditating I was in the train. But now I look for the train I cannot find it. There is no train, only seats and windows and passengers. For a while, I focused on the mere appearance of the train. And then I focused on the emptiness of the train and was filled with the feeling of peace. (I also thought about no travelling, no moving, no coming, no going, no meeting and no parting).

After a while my mind had calmed down and I decided to try and make sense of the recent events in my life. My kind teacher has moved on and I don’t think we will be together again. What will I do without my teacher?

Then I thought of Atisha’s advice to always rely on a happy mind alone.

What is this happy mind? It is surely an mind filled with love; love for all living beings. I love all living beings and I want them to be happy and free from suffering. In order to achieve this I must become a Buddha.

I decided that a happy mind this a mind which has Bodhichitta and is not deceived by false appearances.

I focused my attention on the wish to become a Buddha for the benefit of all and the emptiness of all phenomena. It was very joyful and very peaceful. It was definitely a mind to rely upon and take refuge in.

Before long we arrived in London and I spent the rest of my journey (on escalators and in tube trains) looking at other people and generating love and remembering their emptiness. I loved every minute.

Dedication

May all beings generate minds of bliss and emptiness, and quickly gain freedom, for the benefit of all.

Practice in the meditation break

I will continue to generate Bodhichitta throughout the day, and remember the emptiness of all phenomena.

The purpose of this meditation is to practice the mental activity of giving. In this meditation we imagine that we fulfil our wish for all living beings be experience happiness by directly giving them happiness.

I began the meditation by making the appropriate preparations, and then settled down to clear my mind by following a clarity of mind meditation. I brought my centre of awareness down to my heart, and imagined myself at the centre of an infinitely large ocean. The water was completely clear – clearer than a clear sky, clearer than a clean mirror – completely clear, in a different way from physically clear.  I focused on being in this ocean of clarity and let thoughts rise and fall away. I imagined that these thoughts were like bubbles in the ocean. Bubbles come from below, pass by me, and then disappear upwards, into the clarity of mind.

After a while, my mind felt completely still, completely clear. I remained in this peace for a while, before moving on.

AvalokiteshvaraI then thought about my wish for everyone to be happy. I thought about my previous meditations, where I so desperately wished for all living beings to find true happiness. I let the wish manifest once more, and then imagined my body slowly transforming into a wish fulfilling jewel, like that held by Avalokiteshvara at his heart.  I imagined light rays radiating from my jewel body and touching all living beings, filling them with happiness. I felt joined to them all in happiness – Universal Happiness. I let the happiness flood into my heart, and kept it in my attention for the rest of the meditation.

Needless to say, I am going to enjoy this week of meditations on giving 🙂

Dedication

May all living beings experience pure happiness, and quickly become enlightened for the sake of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remember my wish for everyone to experience pure happiness, and imagine light rays joining us in pure happiness.

I meditated today while on the train going back home after a few days away in London.

I meditated on wishing love and it struck me that living beings are rather like passengers on a train of dissatisfaction. I developed the wish for them to be able to get off the train and find true happiness. I imagined this scenario and worried a bit about what they would find if they go off the train. After all, unsatisfactory though it is, the train is all they know, and the train IS going somewhere, which is probably a good thing.

But then it seemed to me that once they were off it they could see that this train of dissatisfaction was actually just running around again and again in one big loop, going nowhere.

I wished sincerely that all living beings could find their way off this train, and find happiness.

I meditated today on wishing love. I wished that all living beings could experience the bliss of pure happiness. It seemed so unlikely that this could happen. Am I being realistic?

The answer is that nothing will happen without at least one person having the wish to achieve it.

I will be the one who holds the wish, and I will keep it in my heart. May everyone be happy.

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