Tonglen is a meditation where you visualize yourself inhaling the suffering of others (taking their suffering upon yourself), and exhaling love and compassion back to them. I did it for 30 minutes every day (almost) for the month of December. I’ve meditated before, but this was my first time doing Tonglen.
My goal was not to actually reduce the suffering of anyone else. If that happened I wasn’t going to complain, but it wasn’t something that I expected. Rather I hoped that Tonglen meditation would affect me. [Read more...]