As we approach May 1st and the beginning of our journey into May Is For Metta 2013, I wanted to share this post from last year which is a good introduction to Metta Meditation. For info on this year’s May Is For Metta, check out Coming Soon To A Cushion Near You – May Is For Metta 2013. You can also join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theheartofawakening.
“If there is love, there is hope that one may have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue.”
– H.H. Dalai Lama
Metta meditation is a foundational practice in some Buddhist traditions. The word Metta is referenced in several different Suttas or discourses; it is often associated with the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. Metta is considered one of the Four Immeasurables or Brahma Viharas which include: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. It is said to help facilitate awakening, open-heartedness and the spirit of generosity as well as support the development of meditative concentration.
In English, Metta is translated as loving-kindness. According to the Buddha’s teachings, this loving-kindness has two aspects, one negative and…
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