5184Buddhist metta by Ven Dr. Medagama Vajiragnana (short post)
- Nov 16, 2013"Buddhist metta means the sincere wish for the welfare and happiness of all living beings without exception.
Metta is unconditional love, not love in the sense of wanting to possess or belong.
It is being open, accepting what is, without making demands.
It is embracing impartially all sentient beings, not only those who are useful, pleasing or amusing to us.
It means fraternal affection, unbounded love, or friendly feelings, free from lustful attachment.
It is not really the experience of beauty and romantic joy, but is also associated with ugliness, pain and aggression. It is not dwelling in aversion on that which is foul, bad, evil or terrible.
It is an attitude or orientation of character, not a relationship with a specific person.
Nobody can give this faculty to us, we must find it in ourselves and cultivate it mindfully."
From: The Buddhist Concept of Love
by Most Venerable Dr. Medagama Vajiragnana,
Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain, Head of the London Buddhist Vihara
Samadhi: Journal of the London Buddhist Vihara, Issue No. 19, January 2002
Posted with the kind permission of the London Buddhist Vihara
With metta / Antony.