Day 14 – GREAT COMPASSION

The following meditation is from The New Meditation Handbook, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

14. GREAT COMPASSION

Purpose: To generate a mind that sincerely wishes to liberate all living beings from suffering.

I cannot bear the suffering of these countless mother beings. Trapped in the prison of samsara, they have to experience again and again, in life after life, endlessly, the immense sufferings of birth, sickness, ageing, and death, having to part with what they like, having to encounter what they do not like, and failing to satisfy their desires.

Object of meditation: Generate strong wish to release all living beings from contaminated rebirth and suffering.

Reflection:

In many ways it is hard for me to agree with this. While I would like everyone to have a beautiful life now and forever, to look at others actions and to judge them in a way to say they will or will not have a contaminated rebirth and suffering is outside of my scope of beliefs. I hold to say, “They will overcome their weaknesses to find true happiness”

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