tiltbillings wrote:The practice, in its broader context, is not just about getting warm, fuzzy feeling feelings of love and compassion and such.
Sure it ain't. I didn't say so.
tiltbillings wrote:The Brahmavihara practice is a tool for cultivating concentration. [...] but one also needs to pay attention to what comes up during the practice and after.
is for any
object of meditation.
tiltbillings wrote:The brahmaviharas can soften one's "heart," help make one more open,
Don't mix it up here. That is another process. Although I do not exactly know what do you mean with 'soften' and 'open', I say, an open and soft heart is to be gained independently from the object of meditation.
tiltbillings wrote:As I said, it can be a useful practice, but I am wondering what you think is short-sighted in my stating that the brahmavihara practice is not necessary.
To me it seemed you say brahmavivāras practice ain't necessary for no one, as if tere are no differences in kamma & character etc.
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as 'concentration', but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps 'unification' is a better rendition, as samadhi means 'to bring together'. Deep samadhi isn`t at all stiff. It`s a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." Bhikkhu Anālayo