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metta practitioner term

Post by befriend » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:11 pm

is there a term for someone who practices metta?
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Post by retrofuturist » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:18 pm

Greetings,
befriend wrote:is there a term for someone who practices metta?
A Buddhist?

(That might seem like a trite response, but I think it's important to realise the Buddha promoted metta-cultivation for everyone, not just those who decide "OK, I do metta".)

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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by Jhana4 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:24 am

How about just a "meditator"?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Post by retrofuturist » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:28 am

Greetings Jhana4,
Jhana4 wrote:How about just a "meditator"?
Why even restrict it thusly? Particularly in traditional Buddhist countries, I envisage there are many people who cultivate loving-kindness through their daily activities (incl. merit-making) who do not regard themselves as partaking in "meditation".

Metta,
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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by manas » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:01 am

Hi befriend,

Well I initially came up with 'unconditional lover', but that sends out the wrong message, methinks... ;)

But seriously, befriend, I think all we can do, if we wish, is just add the term 'practitioner' to whatever we do, if we want to call ourselves something...'anapanasati practitioner'...'metta-bhanava practitioner'...etc

anyway - peace - and metta, to all -
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Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

(SN 22.97)

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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by bodom » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:02 am

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. - Ajahn Chah

Do not be a bodhisattva, do not be an arahant, do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisattva, you will suffer, if you are an arahant, you will suffer, if you are anything at all, you will suffer. - Ajahn Chah


:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by chownah » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:40 am

befriend wrote:is there a term for someone who practices metta?
One who is bound for release?
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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by Beneath the Wheel » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:56 pm

Jhana4 wrote:How about just a "meditator"?
mettatator.

But in seriousness, it seems like I have seen them referred to as "yogi" when a sutta is discussing someone who is pursuing any kind of meditation, not just metta.But that may be too broad a term for what you are looking for.

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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by ground » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:13 am

befriend wrote:is there a term for someone who practices metta?
If it's the exclusive contemplative practice then "one who practices the worldly path".

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Re: metta practitioner term

Post by sattva » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:30 pm

Beneath the Wheel wrote:
Jhana4 wrote:How about just a "meditator"?
mettatator.

But in seriousness, it seems like I have seen them referred to as "yogi" when a sutta is discussing someone who is pursuing any kind of meditation, not just metta.But that may be too broad a term for what you are looking for.
Actually, Beneath the Wheel, i somehow missed your reply and started to say mettatator also. Silly, I know, but why not create a new word if it fits?

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