Metta Meditation

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Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:01 am

Hello All,

I know this is the meditation sub-forum but I was hoping to get suggestions for any books dealing with the actual technique (patipatti) rather than theory (pariyatti) of metta bhavana. Any and all suggestions would be welcome. Be well! :anjali:
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:25 am

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(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Tex » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:38 am

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:26 am

Manapa & Tex,

Thank you both. Be well!

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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:36 am

Hi KB,

In terms of books, Sharon Salzberg's Loving Kindness is a classic, and inexpensive too:
http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781 ... ngkindness

Metta
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby FrankT » Thu May 20, 2010 4:29 am

Hello Khalil Bodhi,

You can't go wrong at:

http://www.dhammasukha.org/Study/metta.htm

With Metta.
Frank
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 20, 2010 11:03 am

Thanks FrankT! Looks like an excellent resource. Metta!
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby PeterB » Thu May 20, 2010 2:05 pm

I wouldnt get too hung up on technique in the case of Metta meditations Khalil Bodhi

It could be written in a paragraph but is the work of a lifetime to actualise.. :smile:


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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu May 20, 2010 4:58 pm

PeterB wrote:I wouldnt get too hung up on technique in the case of Metta meditations Khalil Bodhi

It could be written in a paragraph but is the work of a lifetime to actualise.. :smile:


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thanks. it's always good to be reminded of that fact. Metta!
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby PeterB » Thu May 20, 2010 5:32 pm

metta back..

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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby Paul Davy » Thu May 20, 2010 11:20 pm

Greetings,

I like the Visuddhimagga's instructions on metta.

:reading:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Metta Meditation

Postby bodom » Thu May 20, 2010 11:29 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

I like the Visuddhimagga's instructions on metta.

:reading:

Metta,
Retro. :)


Agreed.

Bhante Gunaratana gives an excellent overview of how to practice Metta in his new book Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English. Highly recommend.

:anjali:
“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19


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