Discussion of Samatha bhavana and Jhana bhavana.
when doing metta bhavana i know you can visualize or just say the name of a dear friend, neutral person etc... but can you visualize yourself? or do you just use your name.
stay in the present moment.
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I think this is a problem with this particular approach to mettabhavana; intentionally summoning certain images of beings seems to me to be unnecessarily complicated.
Perhaps instead, using kusala-dhammas (wholesome things) to recall metta as necessary, make it your habit to pervade the surround with it, encompassing any beings which appear to the six senses as one moves about ones day. This includes those which arise in memory and imagination, but it does not necessarily mean intentionally bringing such things into play.
"There is, headman, dhammasamādhi. If you were to obtain cittasamādhi in that, you might abandon this state of perplexity. And what, headman, is dhammasamādhi?- SN 42.13 - Pāṭaliya
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"Others will misapprehend according to their individual views, hold on to them tenaciously and not easily discard them; we shall not misapprehend according to individual views nor hold on to them tenaciously, but shall discard them with ease — thus effacement can be done."- MN 8 - Sallekha Sutta
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