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

This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

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Re: Metta Meditation

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

"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"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 retrofuturist » Thu May 20, 2010 11:20 pm

Greetings,

I like the Visuddhimagga's instructions on metta.

:reading:

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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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:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah


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