using metta to increase concentration. how?

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using metta to increase concentration. how?

Postby identification » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:25 pm

My understanding of metta meditation is to arouse the feeling of loving kindness and then use the feeling as a meditation object. But won't concentration on the metta just lead to it passing away faster? And when arousing loving kindness using words such as may I be well and happy do I take these as a meditation object repeatedly bringing my attention back to them to increase concentration until metta is aroused?thanks

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Re: using metta to increase concentration. how?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:14 pm

Hi Identification,
identification wrote:My understanding of metta meditation is to arouse the feeling of loving kindness and then use the feeling as a meditation object.

Yes, that's the basic idea.
identification wrote:But won't concentration on the metta just lead to it passing away faster?

It shouldn't if you keep returning to it. If you are using it as a concentration practice you just keep going back to the metta if you get distracted, as you say below.
identification wrote:And when arousing loving kindness using words such as may I be well and happy do I take these as a meditation object repeatedly bringing my attention back to them to increase concentration until metta is aroused?thanks

You might find some guided meditations useful. E.g.
http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/165/?search=guided
http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/?search=guided+metta

:anjali:
Mike


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