1. The Metta Prayer

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    The Buddha gave a beautiful teaching on the development of lovingkindness called the Metta Sutta (also known as the Karaniya Metta Sutta). I’ve adapted the words of the sutta to formulate them as an aspiration that can be repeated in a prayer-like way.

    In order that I may be skilled in discerning what is good, in order that I may understand the path to peace,

    Let me be able, upright, and straightforward, of good speech, gentle, and free from pride;

    Let me be contented, easily satisfied, having few duties, living simply, of controlled senses, prudent, without pride and without attachment to nation, race, or other groups.

    Let me not do the slightest thing for which the wise might rebuke me. Instead let me think:

    May all beings be well and safe, may they be at ease.

    Whatever living beings there may be, whether moving or standing still, without exception, whether large, great, middling, or small, whether tiny or substantial,

    Whether seen or unseen, whether living near or far,

    Born or unborn; may all beings be happy.

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  2. What metta isn’t

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    History Of Buddhism

    There are many myths and misunderstandings about metta, or lovingkindness.

    Simply because the word metta is not found in English — and because there isn’t an exact equivalent — it’s possible to think that the emotion itself is something strange and unusual.

    It’s possible for us to confuse metta with other emotions.

    It’s also possible for us to think that since metta is part of a spiritual path it must be something very exalted and distant, and not something that we’ve ever experienced.

    Here are some explanations of what metta is not:

    Metta isn’t the same thing as feeling good, although when we feel metta we do feel more complete, and usually feel more joyful and happy. But it’s possible to feel good and for that not to be metta. We can feel good, but be rather selfish and inconsiderate, for example. Metta has a quality of caring about others.

    Metta isn’t self-sacrifice. A metta-full individual is not someone who always puts others before themselves. Metta has a quality of appreciation, and we need to learn to appreciate ourselves as well as others.

    Metta isn’t something unknown. We all experience Metta. Every time you feel pleasure in seeing someone do well, or are patient with someone who’s a bit difficult, or are considerate and ask someone what they think, you’re experiencing Metta.

    Metta isn’t denying your experience. To practice Metta doesn’t mean “being nice” in a false way. It means that even if you don’t like someone, you can still have their welfare at heart.

    Metta isn’t all or nothing. Metta exists in degrees, and can be expressed in such simple ways as simple as politeness and courtesy.

    Source: http://www.wildmind.org

     

  3. What metta is

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    Flood in Camobdia. RFA photo

    Flood in Camobdia. RFA photo

     

    Metta is an attitude of recognizing that all sentient beings (that is, all beings that are capable of feeling), can feel good or feel bad, and that all, given the choice, will choose the former over the latter.

    Metta is a recognition of the most basic solidarity that we have with others, this sharing of a common aspiration to find fulfillment and escape suffering.

    Metta is empathy. It’s the willingness to see the world from another’s point of view: to walk a mile in another person’s shoes.

    Metta is the desire that all sentient beings be well, or at least the ones we’re currently thinking about or in contact with. It’s wishing others well.

    Metta is friendliness, consideration, kindness, generosity.
    Metta is an attitude rather than just a feeling. It’s an attitude of friendliness.

    Metta is the basis for compassion. When our Metta meets another’s suffering, then our Metta transforms into compassion.
    Metta is the basis for shared joy. When our Metta meets with another’s happiness or good fortune, then it transmutes into an empathetic joyfulness.

    Metta is boundless. We can feel Metta for any sentient being, regardless of gender, race, or nationality.

    Metta is the most fulfilling emotional state that we can know. It’s the fulfillment of the emotional development of every being.
    It’s our inherent potential. To wish another well is to wish that they be in a state of experiencing Metta.

    Metta is the answer to almost every problem the world faces today. Money won’t do it. Technology won’t do it. Metta will.

     

    Source: http://www.wildmind.org

     

  4. What the Buddha said about metta

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    Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth one 16th part of the release of mind by universal friendliness; in shining, glowing, beaming & radiance the release of mind by universal friendliness far excels & surpasses them all. Itivuttaka 27

    As a mother even with own life protects her only child, so should one cultivate immeasurable loving-kindness towards all living beings. The Metta Sutta

    He who both day and night takes delight in harmlessness sharing love with all that live, finds enmity with none.
    Samyutta Nikaya. I, 208

    What are the eleven advantages of Metta ?

    One sleeps Happy!
    One wakes Happy!
    One dreams no evil dreams!
    One is liked and loved by all human beings!
    One is liked and loved by all non-human beings too!
    One is Guarded & Protected by the divine Devas!
    One cannot be Harmed by Fire, Poison, or Weapons!
    One swiftly Attains the Concentration of Absorption!
    One’s appearance becomes Serene, Calm, & Composed!
    One dies without Confusion, Bewilderment, or Panic!
    One reappears after death on the Brahma level if one has penetrated to no higher level in this very life!
    Anguttara Nikaya XI.16

    They may address you in an affectionate way or a harsh way. They may address you in a beneficial way or an unbeneficial way. They may address you with a mind of good-will or with inner hate. In any event, you should train yourselves: ‘Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain sympathetic to that person’s welfare, with a mind of good will, and with no inner hate. We will keep pervading him with an awareness imbued with good will and, beginning with him, we will keep pervading the all-encompassing world with an awareness imbued with good will equal to the great earth — abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will.’ That’s how you should train yourselves.
    Majjhima Nikaya 21

    When one gives birth to hatred for an individual, one should direct one’s thoughts to the fact of his being the product of his actions: ‘This venerable one is the doer of his actions, heir of his actions, born of his actions, related by his actions, and is dependent on his actions. Whatever actions he does, for good or for evil, to that will he fall heir.’ Thus the hatred for that individual should be subdued.
    Anguttara Nikaya V.161

    I have good will for footless beings,
    good will for two-footed beings,
    good will for four-footed beings,
    good will for many-footed beings.

    May footless beings do me no harm.
    May two-footed beings do me no harm.
    May four-footed beings do me no harm.
    May many-footed beings do me no harm.

    May all creatures,
    all breathing things,
    all beings — each & every one –
    meet with good fortune.
    May none of them come to any evil.
    Anguttara Nikaya IV.67

    The disciple of the Noble Ones, who in this way is devoid of coveting, devoid of ill will, undeluded, clearly comprehending and mindful, dwells, having pervaded, with a mind of lovingkindness, one quarter; likewise the second; likewise the third; likewise the fourth; so above, below, and across; he dwells, having pervaded because of the existence in it of all living beings, everywhere, the entire world, with the great, exalted, boundless thought of amity that is free of hate or malice. Continue reading


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