Ven. Ayya Khema on loving-kindness (metta)
- "The heart needs training because by nature it isn't conditioned to
always feel loving-kindness. By nature it contains both love and
hate. It contains ill-will, rejection, resentment and fear and also
lovingness. But unless we diminish the hate and enlarge the love by
doing something about it in our daily life we have no chance of
experiencing that peaceful feeling which loving-kindness generates in
~ Ayya Khema, "Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditation on the
Buddhist Path, Wisdom Publications, 1987
Dharma teaching from a nontraditional source:
" . . . this is an update of an old story I tell in my lectures:
"A grandfather is talking to his grandson a few days after the
terrorist attacks of 9/11. Looking at his grandson, the grandfather
says: 'I feel like I have two wolves barking inside of me. The first
wolf is filled with anger and hatred and bitterness and mostly
revenge. The second wolf is filled with love and kindness and
happiness and mostly forgiveness.' The grandson looks up at his
grandfather and says, 'Which wolf do you think will win, Grandpa?'
And the grandfather responds, 'Whichever one I feed.'"
~ Wayne Dyer, excerpted from article in The Daily Word Magazine
(Unity School of Christianity), November, 2003.
May this be of benefit.
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