Opening the Heart
Meditation on Loving Kindness and Compassion
Once we have gained a degree of stability in the calm abiding practice and also reflected for some time on the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, we can move on to meditation on Loving Kindness and then to meditation on Compassion. These two meditations will lead us towards practice of the Mahayana path, by which we can attain the state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.
We receive instruction on these meditations from our Lamas. We can then practise the meditations both on our own as part of our daily meditation routine and together with others in a group.
The powerful meditation instructions called Mind Training (Tibetan: lo jong) give us the tools to bring difficult situations into the path to enlightenment, allowing us to transform our selfish minds and develop the open-hearted warmth of the Mahayana.
Through this practice, we will gradually deepen our wisdom and increase our compassion until eventually we will attain the state of a Buddha, thereby becoming a source of benefit and support for all beings who are suffering.