Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

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Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

Postby mentary » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:27 pm

Hello, I am new to this forum, and somewhat new to meditation. I've practiced different types, but I'm wondering whether metta requires or benefits from preliminary training especially focused attention (anapanasati) meditation. Does anyone know whether this type of training facilitates metta, or if it is necessary to its cultivation?

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Re: Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:22 pm

Welcome Mentry,

Here are some discussions that may answer some of your questions:
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=13759
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=187
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=16963
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=9118

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Re: Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

Postby mentary » Wed May 01, 2013 1:00 pm

Thank you very much for the reply :)

I was just wondering though, does concentration meditation really help for metta, or does practicing metta straight from the start remain effective? I haven't seen an answer to that particular question in the posts. Perhaps there isn't enough evidence to establish a definite answer as well.

The reason why I am asking this is because while I practice metta it seems to me that I have a difficulty generating a -sensation- of goodwill. I can generate the intention and the wish that all beings be free of suffering, but I don't feel it at an emotional level, or in my heart in a sense. Is the intention enough, given enough perseverance?

Thanks!

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Re: Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

Postby Spiny Norman » Wed May 01, 2013 1:57 pm

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Re: Preliminaries to Metta Meditation

Postby reflection » Wed May 01, 2013 3:43 pm

Starting with some anapanasati can help to recognize the feelings that should arise from metta practice earlier on, when it is still small. But as suggested, you can also start with a different object and spread out the feeling slowly. Perhaps a pet animal, I find those the easiest objects. :D


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