Kamran wrote:Ajahn Jaysaro mentions at the end of the above video another way of doing metta that Analayo also talks about and that it is: Take the feeling itself as the object, perhaps making it rise by thinking of a kitten or a loved one, and without using discursive thought and without spreading to particular individuals allow the feeling to grow. This is noted as a powerful method by both jaysaro and analayo.
It's a bit of a pity that Ajahn Sujato does not have the time to edit the letters he exchanged with another monk on Ajahn Mahachatchai's metta practice. But having done a metta retreat with Ajahn Sujato, I realised what was going on and asked Bhante. He confirmed my intuition - the Mahachatchai method and the Ajahn Brahm method are essentially satipatthana, with a twist. The intention of metta was simply a recurring springboard from which contemplation of each of the 4 establishments of mindfulness are carried out.
This is starkly borne out by a recurring instruction in the retreat - when generating the intention of metta, do NOT radiate it. Simply be aware of the intention, watch what it does to the body, the feelings etc etc. The radiation is done only upon arising from the satipatthana aspect.
PS - if anyone else has a copy of those letters, Bhante Sujato requests that they do not be circulated again. Firstly, they were leaked illegally from the WPN computers. Secondly, he wishes to run through the instructions personally with Ajahn Mahachatchai to verify the instructions, as the Q&A were mediated through an intermediary.