Thanissaro's response to this dilemma is that you wish for every being to know the true causes of happiness. Then they won't behave badly.
isnt this like wishing for that person to change himself - its like wishing metta to what that person could be
purple planet wrote:If in metta wish someone health - and his a bad person - if we really wish him to be healthy -it can be problematic cause a bad person will use his health to do more bad things - thoughts?
First of all, a bad person does not exist. People do both good and bad actions. If they do mostly good actions, we call them "a good person," if they do mostly bad actions, we call them "a bad person."
If we are thinking of a person's bad actions, and we wish them to be happy, regardless of our wishes they will experience the results of their bad actions, so they will not find happiness
What we should wish is for them to not do bad actions, but to do good ones.
purple planet wrote:of course - lets say a killer/rapist of many people who is mostly "bad actions" if he gets health and feels strong he will probably kill/rape more than he usually would do
purple planet wrote:when i wish people health i need to really mean it as if its true
In my opinion you are trying to overly intellectualize.
If he is happy, and free from anger, he won't kill or rape
Do you see sending metta as like making a wish which comes true?
purple planet wrote:Do you see sending metta as like making a wish which comes true?
no but i need to believe it does to wish it - and i do see on myself how metta can remove ill-will to a great extent and help myself - and my metta last time i did it went fine
but now after this thought came up i would like to resolve this issue before returning to doing metta again
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