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is love of life metta?

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is love of life metta?

Postby befriend » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:07 am

hi,
this is probably a stupid question but i am wondering. is thinking thoughts about how you love life, is this a form of loving kindness. there is defenitely love involved, affection for existence and the special way humans experience reality. but life isnt exactly a sentient being. can i have metta for compassion. most of us here love compassion rejoice in its glory but is that love for compassion considered metta? thanks, befriend. :anjali:
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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby Ben » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:25 am

No. You can only generate metta and karuna for other beings and yourself.
This "love of life" - attend to it very carefully.
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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby cooran » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:35 am

Hello befriend,

A little more about Metta:

What the Buddha said about Metta
http://www.wildmind.org/metta/introduct ... uddha-said

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Postby befriend » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:32 pm

dhammapada "all beings love life, all beings fear weapons, as one would not want to be harmed so one should not harm others" something along those lines

buddha said "life is very sweet if i could live for 100 more years i would"

"you cannot repay your parents for bringing you into this world, even if you carried them on your back your whole life, but you can repay them if you show them the path."
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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby befriend » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:35 pm

in an interview with Jack Kornfield i just read in Kripalu catalog someone said why do you teach. the first thing out of his mouth was because i love life. theres was more but thats the first thing he thought of.
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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby santa100 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:46 pm

If love of life meant attachment to life and to perpetuate one's existence, then it wouldn't be considered metta. If love of life meant respect for others life so that it's a good condition to practice loving kindness and compassion, that would be metta. (For further info. on metta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metta )

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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby befriend » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:39 pm

i think people who hate life, and do not enjoy just being themselves, and being alive. they are not so compassionate. people who love life, maybe have some thoughts once in a while where they have gratitude for being alive, this puts a twinlkle in there eye, and are less likely to harm others, as they do not want to take the joy of life from other beings. so it might not BE metta, but i think its a foundation for it. i dont know really, im just thinking out loud. metta, befriend.
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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby Guy » Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:23 am

Hi Befriend,

When people say they "love life", do you think they love all aspects of life or just the pleasant parts?

Do you think that people who claim to "love life" also love: loss, disappointment, pain, grief, despair, sorrow, lamentation, old age, sickness and death?

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Re: is love of life metta?

Postby acinteyyo » Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:46 am

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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