Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

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Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by rolling_boulder » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:53 am

Hi friends,

I would like to make metta bhavana (universal loving kindness) the primary focus of my practice for the foreseeable future.

For some reason there don't seem to be many English speaking teachers that focus on this practice, but I have seen firsthand the amazing benefits it can bring. It's hard when all you have is the suttas.

So can we have a thread where we conglomerate all the best resources on metta bhavana?

I'll start: Here are 12 really wonderful talks from Ajahn Sona about metta bhavana.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz49B ... UNQRnpUWGs

May we all progress on the Path,
RB
The world is swept away. It does not endure...
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The world is without ownership. One has to pass on, leaving everything behind...
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Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by JohnK » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:08 am

https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/abunda ... measurable
Based on talks given at Ajahn Pasanno's 2008 Metta Retreat
"...the practice is essentially a practice, and not a theory to be idly discussed...right view leaves unanswered many questions about the cosmos and the self, and directs your attention to what needs to be done to escape from the ravages of suffering." Thanissaro Bhikkhu, On The Path.

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Post by rolling_boulder » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:13 pm

Thank you John!

Here are some guided meditations by Ayya Khema.
I have found these to be life changing.

I always find she is able to help me dig under the old emotional armour and start to really shine.

Collection 1
http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/334/talk/8011

Collection 2.
http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/334/talk/8012/

RB
The world is swept away. It does not endure...
The world is without shelter, without protector...
The world is without ownership. One has to pass on, leaving everything behind...
The world is insufficient, insatiable, a slave to craving.

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Post by dandeedo » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:32 am

Sharon Salzberg is a wonderful teacher of loving kindness.

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Post by Crazy cloud » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:59 am

Suggestion: http://www.audiodharma.org/retreats/103 - (Dhammaruwan)

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Post by JiWe2 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:08 pm

Bhante Sujato's 2007 Metta Meditation Course, based on Ajahn Maha Chatchai's method:

http://santifm.org/santi/downloads/Retr ... pfb-cat-33

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Post by santa100 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:09 pm

rolling_boulder wrote:I would like to make metta bhavana (universal loving kindness) the primary focus of my practice for the foreseeable future.

For some reason there don't seem to be many English speaking teachers that focus on this practice, but I have seen firsthand the amazing benefits it can bring. It's hard when all you have is the suttas.
If metta bhavana is the primary focus of your practice, then sorry to break it to you, you've been looking in the wrong place for the best metta teachers. The best ones aren't those English speaking teachers, they're the senior citizens in nursing homes, the terminally ills in hospitals, and the miserables in homless shelters. Spend some times there and I guarantee you'll learn tons more about metta than listening to your speaking teachers. You see, without those true teachers, all your suttas and all your English speaking teachers' talks would be meaningless. Sort of like the recent story about that terrible hurricane Harvey in Houston Texas. Who's the best Christian "metta" teacher over there who can recite every single verse from the Bible? Joel Osteen. But is he the real deal? NO! The real metta teacher is a mattress and furniture sales guy named Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale!

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Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by Maarten » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:00 pm

Very good to hear you are making metta your primary subject.
I've been doing this myself and have benefitted a lot from making this change.
It is a very powerful and underrated practise.

My favorite Metta teachers are : Ajahn Brahm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jb72-QgXOc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvpd6Zms3-I&t=21s

Aya khema:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc0YNsY_Xdc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOPRBIq9Bt8 (forgiveness : metta to those who you have a grudge against)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJF3__fs-kI (gratitude : metta to your life )

Ajahn Sona:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGueKOcvfaE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt8bAIdP5A4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gN1O75ORY0&t=729s

Much metta :twothumbsup:

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Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by jespada » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:46 am

Here is a list of my favorite talks on metta. It includes the 2008 Metta Retreat talks by Ajahn Pasanno.

Here are the transcripts,issued as a free book.

And here is a guided meditation by Ajahn Pasanno, from that retreat.


My favorite books on the subject are

Curbing Anger, Spreading Love, by Bhikkhu Visuddhācāra.

Loving Kindness, by Sharon Salzberg

A State of Mind Called Beautiful, by Sayadaw U Pandita,

and

Living in Beauty - Buddhist Loving Kindness Practice.

A few articles:

Metta as the most useful method of meditation for people in the West today

The Method of Loving Kindness Practice

Mindful Breathing as a Loving Kindness Practice

The Great Bridge to Universal Love - audio

and, text

and

The Metta of Martin Luther King

Best wishes to you in your practice.

Jason.

http://abuddhistlibrary.com
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Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by salayatananirodha » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:49 am

16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

- Hemavatasutta


links:
https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/index.htm
http://thaiforestwisdom.org/canonical-texts/
http://seeingthroughthenet.net/
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by apophenia » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:58 pm

My favorite approach to metta is Rob Burbea's:

https://dharmaseed.org/retreats/1084/
https://dharmaseed.org/retreats/1265

I also like Ajahn Achalo's guided metta meditations on Insight Timer or on his website:
http://www.peacebeyondsuffering.org/

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Post by James Tan » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:34 pm

santa100 wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:09 pm
rolling_boulder wrote:I would like to make metta bhavana (universal loving kindness) the primary focus of my practice for the foreseeable future.

For some reason there don't seem to be many English speaking teachers that focus on this practice, but I have seen firsthand the amazing benefits it can bring. It's hard when all you have is the suttas.
If metta bhavana is the primary focus of your practice, then sorry to break it to you, you've been looking in the wrong place for the best metta teachers. The best ones aren't those English speaking teachers, they're the senior citizens in nursing homes, the terminally ills in hospitals, and the miserables in homless shelters. Spend some times there and I guarantee you'll learn tons more about metta than listening to your speaking teachers. You see, without those true teachers, all your suttas and all your English speaking teachers' talks would be meaningless. Sort of like the recent story about that terrible hurricane Harvey in Houston Texas. Who's the best Christian "metta" teacher over there who can recite every single verse from the Bible? Joel Osteen. But is he the real deal? NO! The real metta teacher is a mattress and furniture sales guy named Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale!
I suppose he is aiming at Meditation of metta not Living the metta .
:reading:

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Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Post by befriend » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:33 pm

You could chant the karaniya metta sutta.
Take care of mindfulness and mindfulness will take care of you.

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