metta self visualization

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metta self visualization

Postby befriend » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:22 pm

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.
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Re: metta self visualization

Postby daverupa » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:01 am

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.

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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