Method aspect of the path
Meditating on loving kindness and universal compassion forms part of the ‘method’ aspect of the path. The result of this aspect of the path is the rupakaya (form body). The purpose of the meditation is to overcome the self-cherishing thought that puts me first. The self-cherishing thought places my own wish to avoid my suffering and have happiness for me above the wishes of all other sentient beings. This meditation helps to look beyond my own selfish wishes and look to the well-being of others.
Wisdom aspect of the path
Meditating on emptiness forms part of the ‘wisdom’ aspect of the path. The result of this aspect of the path is the dharmakaya (truth body). The purpose of the meditation is to overcome the self-grasping thought. The self-grasping thought refers to the thought of a sense of “I” or “self” that inherently exists, some definite, intrinsic, independent existence. The meditation on emptiness might be performed by meditating on the ‘3 spheres of emptiness’. The ‘3 spheres’ refer to the subject (me), the action (running up a steep hill), and the object (the steep hill). The meditation demonstrates that all 3 spheres lack inherent existence. In other words there is no inherently existent me running up a steep hill to be attached to or to feel frustrated about.