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Post by altar » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:42 pm

is metta an active meditation for you? or is it more letting the vibes of loving kindness go?

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Re: metta

Post by daverupa » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:04 pm

I try to sustain the attitude so it's like a lamp: the light shines, but only shines on when something comes into range, and that is a function of the light already permeating the area and not a change in the way the light permeates.

So with the brahmaviharas, it's almost as if each sense sphere is already primed, such that - increasingly as the practice continues - any beings which appear to this or that sense are already appearing with the brahamviharas as background... as though the sense spheres have brahmavihara wallpaper, say, or a brahmavihara fireplace, or brahmavihara incense, or brahmavihara muzak... it just pervades, and equanimously gloms onto whatever beings there are with respect to that sense.
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "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.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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