Cultivation of metta (lovingkindness)
- "In the language of the Buddha, love is known as a brahma vihara.
Brahma vihara means 'the godly or divine abode.' It is the extension
and expansion of one's interest beyond all selfish concerns,
encompassing the entire universe and all beings without
discrimination, exception, or limitation. It is the universal
consciousness that transcends self-consciousness...The effort of the
genuine spiritual seeker should be to cultivate love until the mind
becomes saturated by it. The mind that has realized the
boundlessness of love is nonexclusive and impartial. It is not bound
by selective preferences or any prejudices. In order to achieve the
goal of this meditative and sublime state of love, the Buddha
recommended the practice of meditation called the cultivation of
universal selfless love (metta)."
(to be continued)
~ Bhante Y. Wimala, "Lessons of the Lotus: Practical Spiritual
Teachings of a Traveling Buddhist Monk," Bantam Books, 1997.
May this be of benefit.