Love your enemy

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Love your enemy

Post by Pondera » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:22 am

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule. (from: Dhammapada, Vers 5
How do metta practitioners feel about a concentrated effort to send metta out to the war torn territories of Syria? Is there a risk involved in this and does it have a chance of changing things for the better?

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Re: Love your enemy

Post by practitioner » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:20 pm

Loving-kindness meditation is for the purpose of cultivating your heart. Sending metta to your enemy cultivates your heart.

It affects how you treat your enemy/adversary/person of your dislike face to face. There is no divine magic that would transform enemies far away.

Metta meditation is for you, not for enemy.

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Re: Love your enemy

Post by celso » Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:26 pm

practitioner wrote:Loving-kindness meditation is for the purpose of cultivating your heart. Sending metta to your enemy cultivates your heart.

It affects how you treat your enemy/adversary/person of your dislike face to face. There is no divine magic that would transform enemies far away.

Metta meditation is for you, not for enemy.
Well said. No amount of metta meditation will keep beings from reaping the results of past actions. We can only do so much.

We give a great gift to a great number of beings by cultivating a heart so pure and full of good will that it'd not be possible for us to harm any one, or even form the slightest intention to do harm. That's the only concentrated effort that may be made, and it's no small feat at all.

Saving the world is far beyond any single being's capability, but making our mind pure and filled with good intentions is heroic and praiseworthy enough!

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