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metta practitioner term

Postby befriend » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:11 pm

is there a term for someone who practices metta?

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:18 pm

Greetings,

befriend wrote:is there a term for someone who practices metta?

A Buddhist?

(That might seem like a trite response, but I think it's important to realise the Buddha promoted metta-cultivation for everyone, not just those who decide "OK, I do metta".)

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby Jhana4 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:24 am

How about just a "meditator"?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:28 am

Greetings Jhana4,

Jhana4 wrote:How about just a "meditator"?

Why even restrict it thusly? Particularly in traditional Buddhist countries, I envisage there are many people who cultivate loving-kindness through their daily activities (incl. merit-making) who do not regard themselves as partaking in "meditation".

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby manas » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:01 am

Hi befriend,

Well I initially came up with 'unconditional lover', but that sends out the wrong message, methinks... ;)

But seriously, befriend, I think all we can do, if we wish, is just add the term 'practitioner' to whatever we do, if we want to call ourselves something...'anapanasati practitioner'...'metta-bhanava practitioner'...etc

anyway - peace - and metta, to all -
:anjali:

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:02 am

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. - Ajahn Chah


Do not be a bodhisattva, do not be an arahant, do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisattva, you will suffer, if you are an arahant, you will suffer, if you are anything at all, you will suffer. - Ajahn Chah


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby chownah » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:40 am

befriend wrote:is there a term for someone who practices metta?

One who is bound for release?
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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby dhammapal » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:59 am

If you die whilst in metta-jhana you get reborn as a Brahma.

With metta / dhammapal.

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby Beneath the Wheel » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:56 pm

Jhana4 wrote:How about just a "meditator"?


mettatator.

But in seriousness, it seems like I have seen them referred to as "yogi" when a sutta is discussing someone who is pursuing any kind of meditation, not just metta.But that may be too broad a term for what you are looking for.

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby ground » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:13 am

befriend wrote:is there a term for someone who practices metta?


If it's the exclusive contemplative practice then "one who practices the worldly path".

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Re: metta practitioner term

Postby sattva » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:30 pm

Beneath the Wheel wrote:
Jhana4 wrote:How about just a "meditator"?


mettatator.

But in seriousness, it seems like I have seen them referred to as "yogi" when a sutta is discussing someone who is pursuing any kind of meditation, not just metta.But that may be too broad a term for what you are looking for.


Actually, Beneath the Wheel, i somehow missed your reply and started to say mettatator also. Silly, I know, but why not create a new word if it fits?


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