Passive Metta vs Action Metta

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James Tan
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Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by James Tan » Sun May 27, 2018 4:55 am

Greetings ,




In Buddhism Brahma-vihara (divine abode) or
four immeasurable is cultivating one's virtuous qualities , harmony and meditation (concentration) that leads to a meditative state which is a counter to ill-will or as a means to remove clinging to negative state of mind that radiating kindness unto all beings.

In the Jain scripture, the Tattvartha Sutra (Chapter 7, sutra 11),
Benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the insolent and ill-behaved.


Although the passive type of loving kindness and compassion can help develop each person virtues and meditation but do you think to bring it into our daily life practically or in action when involve in the interaction with other people is something quite different and difficult in reality ?!
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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Sun May 27, 2018 5:36 am

the brahmaviharas are mental action.
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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by SarathW » Sun May 27, 2018 5:48 am

As Buddhist, we should practice Metta all the time.
_When you are in this forum
_ When you are at home
_ When You are on the way commuting
_ When you are at work
_ All the time.
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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by James Tan » Sun May 27, 2018 7:20 am

SarathW wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 5:48 am
As Buddhist, we should practice Metta all the time.
_When you are in this forum
_ When you are at home
_ When You are on the way commuting
_ When you are at work
_ All the time.
Loving kindness or benevolence should be part of a human being quality actually not just buddhist .
Kindness can bring great change to the world , but when profits , benefits and interests comes into the picture , self-interest will overtake it and turns into selfishness .
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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by SarathW » Sun May 27, 2018 7:28 am

but when profits, benefits, and interests come into the picture
There is nothing different between wages, paying to suppliers, profit, tax, interest, dividends etc.
Each person tries to take part in this case based on their effort.
When a hunter kills a deer.
In what basis he is going to share the flesh?
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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by James Tan » Sun May 27, 2018 7:34 am

SarathW wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 7:28 am
but when profits, benefits, and interests come into the picture
There is nothing different between wages, paying to suppliers, profit, tax, interest, dividends etc.
Each person tries to take part in this case based on their effort.
When a hunter kills a deer.
In what basis he is going to share the flesh?
I said when people turn into selfishness which is greediness . Do you know the sangha need to share their acquire foods after alms round ?
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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by SarathW » Sun May 27, 2018 7:38 am

Do you know the sangha need to share their acquire foods after alms round ?
But we can't expect lay people to do the same.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Passive Metta vs Action Metta

Post by James Tan » Sun May 27, 2018 8:29 am

SarathW wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 7:38 am
Do you know the sangha need to share their acquire foods after alms round ?
But we can't expect lay people to do the same.
That's why the way of life for lay of selfishness
is against the stream of the dhamma which is unselfishness .
So, seeing that ourself created this self centered
activities which is dividing ourself and other people , there is no way out of the conflict .
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