Loving-Kindness in Plain English: The Practice of Metta by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Together with his signature readability and heat, Bhante Gunaratana stocks with us how we will domesticate loving-kindness to stay a lifetime of cheerful concord with others. via own anecdotes, step by step meditations, conversational renderings of the Buddha’s phrases within the suttas, and transformative insights into how we are living in and relate to the area, we study that peace the following and now could be possible—within ourselves and in all our relations. Bhante G speaks on to how we will be able to domesticate loving-kindness to discover emotional readability, conquer anger, and turn into extra peaceful—both off and on the meditation cushion.

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Last but not least, I thank Josh Bartok, Arnie Kotler, and Brianna Quick for the final polishing of this book. With Metta, Bhante Gunaratana Bhavana Society Forest Monastery and Meditation Center CHAPTER 1 Metta: Our Natural State Loving-kindness” is the most common translation of the Pali word metta — and it’s a major component of Buddhist practice. e. in the Pali language. ” We depend on the sun’s warmth to survive, and we rely on loving friendship to thrive. Accordingly, my own preferred translation of metta is “loving-friendliness” — and that’s the term I mostly use throughout the rest of this book.

May my teachers be well, happy, and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May no difficulties come to them. May no problems come to them. May they always meet with success. May they also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life. May my teachers’ minds be filled with the thought of loving-friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. May they be generous. May they be gentle. May they be grateful.

Once aroused, it can remain present in you the rest of your life. Your face cannot hide what is going on in your mind. When you are angry, it shows on your face. When you are peaceful, everyone notices. The energy of metta spreads through your bloodstream and nourishes your whole being. You look bright and clear, calm and peaceful. 10. You’ll die with a clear mind. The thought of dying peacefully can be comforting. When we have unresolved conflicts, death can be difficult. Loving-friendliness can make dying easier for the one passing away and for those around her.

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