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Metta Practice

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Metta - 
The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love (Acharya Buddharakkhita)

What is metta? The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning, e.g. loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, and non-violence. The Pali commentators define metta as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others (parahita-parasukha-kamana). Essentially metta is an altruistic attitude of love and friendliness.

What are the benefits of metta practice?

  • Promotion of self-compassion. These benefits were observed in a small 2014 study.
  • Enhancement of social connections. Metta meditation can also nurture stronger social relationships.
  • Increase the feeling of happiness. Loving-kindness meditation has been shown to increase the daily experiences of positive emotions.
  • The Buddha had a list of 11 benefits. These may be found in the Metta Sutta here.

Practicing Metta: We begin with relaxation, then continue by reciting Metta phrases as in the examples below, and end with a silent meditation.

  • The first set of Metta phrases comes in a passage where the Buddha recommends thoughts to counter ill will. These metta phrases are chanted daily in Buddhist communities the world over: 

“May these beings—free from animosity, free from oppression, and free from trouble—look after themselves with ease.”

  • Another set of metta phrases is in the Karaniya Metta Sutta. They start out with a simple wish for happiness:

“Happy, at rest, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.”

Thursday, July 13, 2023, 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Hybrid - WHSMC and Zoom
6615 Bay Laurel Pl.
Avila Beach, CA  93424

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Event Contact(s):
Nisa King
Alice Reinheimer
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