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Cultivation of metta (lovingkindness)

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  • Sharon
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 21, 2003
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      "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.
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