1. In some Vihara's I've been in they have used verses that have started with "May I be well, happy and peaceful, May I always meet with success, ...".
- is there a full copy of those verses online?
are those verses from a sutta? which one? is there a copy online?
-Number 8 is the translated origin: http://books.google.co.th/books?id=B_UW ... &q&f=false
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-Those verses aren't suttas, only a trick by Buddhaghosaacariya. However, it is very useful trick for mettaavihaarii.
That verse just a parikamma-words to let you observe your mettaa-kaayakamma, mettaa-vaciikamma, and mettaa-manokamma that you do to yourself by your mettaa-mind. Then you should develop that mind into the other--same mind, same feeling, but may be difference mettaa-kaayakamma, mettaa-vaciikamma, and mettaa-manokamma up to environment.
2. I remember someone saying that when he does metta, he combines it with awareness of breath. He might day something breathing in or out. Is there a description of that particular metta technique online?
That isn't a good idea for samatha.
3. It seems like a good standard amount for an anapansati sitting is one hour. Is there such an optimal/decent/minimal amount of time for a metta meditation sitting?
Pa-Auk sitting more than 2 hour, for twice and another kammatthaanna, to take a clearly effect.
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Tipitaka memorization is a rule of monks. It isn't just a choice. They must done it.
bahussuto nāma tividho hoti – nissayamuccanako, parisupaṭṭhāpako, bhikkhunovādakoti.
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