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Love & Loving-kindness

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Uilium
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Love & Loving-kindness

Postby Uilium » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:47 pm

What is the difference between love without attatchment and loving-kindness(or compassion)?

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

Postby Sekha » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:13 pm

metta and compassion are supposed to be directed towards all beings. What we call commonly love is not necessarily so
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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

Postby daverupa » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:16 pm

It really depends on what you mean, since 'love' is very broad; no response comparing this broad idea to the specifics of metta and karuna is yet possible, because it would require taking my ideas of love for the comparison, which may not be what you had in mind at all.

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

Postby Benjamin » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:36 pm

"Don't believe everything you read."
-The Buddha

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

Postby polarbear101 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:07 pm

I lean more towards the goodwill translation than loving kindness but I combine the thought of goodwill with the idea of boundless friendliness which is how John Peacock translated metta in one of his dhamma talks that I find useful. Peacock also compared the term mitta, as in kalayanamitta or admirable friend in the holy life, with metta and showed their relation which is one of the reasons why boundless friendliness makes sense. Friendliness also conveys some of the aspects of loving kindness that the term goodwill lacks but without evoking the overzealous qualities that the term loving kindness carries. So to sum up, I think of metta as goodwill and boundless friendliness towards all living beings and with this understanding there isn't any confusion between what I consider love and what I consider metta although obviously they have overlapping qualities.

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

Postby daverupa » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:21 pm

I like the term "friendliness" for metta, though I sometimes prefer the strength of the term "camaraderie".

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

Postby polarbear101 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:31 pm

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Love & Loving-kindness

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