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Brahma Vihara

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FatDaddy
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Brahma Vihara

Postby FatDaddy » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:11 pm

Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
long, large,
middling, short,
subtle, blatant,
seen & unseen,
near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
— Sn 1.8

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Re: Brahma Vihara

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:20 pm

Welcome FatDaddy! Sounds like you've got an excellent practice! Metta has been on of my main practices for years but, sadly, no jhana to report as yet. :tongue: All the best!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Brahma Vihara

Postby santa100 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:40 pm

FatDaddy wrote:
"Can anyone give me some clarification as to what the above Sutta is saying? In the first paragraph it seems to say that you can not wipe out results of karma in this life or in further states. In subsequent paragraphs it seems to imply that results of action can be eliminated by this practice."

I think the first paragraph is a general statement that applies to regular worldlings while the subsequent paragraphs are more focused on a noble disciple. The case of Angulimala would clarify this:

"Bear it, brahmin! Bear it, brahmin! you are experiencing here and now the result of deeds because of which you might have been tortured in hell for many years, for many hundreds of years, for many thousands of years" ~~ MN 86 ~~ (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html )

From Ven. Thanissaro's note #3, also check AN 3.99 (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html ) for more detail explanation about kamma..

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Re: Brahma Vihara

Postby FatDaddy » Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:56 pm

Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
long, large,
middling, short,
subtle, blatant,
seen & unseen,
near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
— Sn 1.8


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