Metta Meditation

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Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:01 am

Hello All,

I know this is the meditation sub-forum but I was hoping to get suggestions for any books dealing with the actual technique (patipatti) rather than theory (pariyatti) of metta bhavana. Any and all suggestions would be welcome. Be well! :anjali:
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Postby Cittasanto » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:25 am

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(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Tex » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:38 am

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:26 am

Manapa & Tex,

Thank you both. Be well!

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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:36 am

Hi KB,

In terms of books, Sharon Salzberg's Loving Kindness is a classic, and inexpensive too:
http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781 ... ngkindness

Metta
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby FrankT » Thu May 20, 2010 4:29 am

Hello Khalil Bodhi,

You can't go wrong at:

http://www.dhammasukha.org/Study/metta.htm

With Metta.
Frank
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 20, 2010 11:03 am

Thanks FrankT! Looks like an excellent resource. Metta!
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby PeterB » Thu May 20, 2010 2:05 pm

I wouldnt get too hung up on technique in the case of Metta meditations Khalil Bodhi

It could be written in a paragraph but is the work of a lifetime to actualise.. :smile:


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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 20, 2010 4:58 pm

PeterB wrote:I wouldnt get too hung up on technique in the case of Metta meditations Khalil Bodhi

It could be written in a paragraph but is the work of a lifetime to actualise.. :smile:


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thanks. it's always good to be reminded of that fact. Metta!
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby PeterB » Thu May 20, 2010 5:32 pm

metta back..

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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Paul Davy » Thu May 20, 2010 11:20 pm

Greetings,

I like the Visuddhimagga's instructions on metta.

:reading:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby bodom » Thu May 20, 2010 11:29 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

I like the Visuddhimagga's instructions on metta.

:reading:

Metta,
Retro. :)


Agreed.

Bhante Gunaratana gives an excellent overview of how to practice Metta in his new book Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English. Highly recommend.

:anjali:
It’s only meditation when there are two minds:
Knowing-noting mind and observing mind.
If there is only one mind, ‘I’ is always there.
The object is not the dhamma,
The dhamma is the mind
That is being aware.

- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw


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