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The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« on: September 25, 2011, 06:41:52 am »
"Monks, for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken, eleven benefits can be expected. Which eleven?

-  One sleeps easily, wakes easily, dreams no evil dreams.
-  One is dear to human beings, dear to non-human beings.
-  The devas protect one.
-  Neither fire, poison, nor weapons can touch one.
-  One's mind gains concentration quickly.
-  One's complexion is bright.
-  One dies unconfused and — if penetrating no higher — is headed for the Brahma worlds.

"These are the eleven benefits that can be expected for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken."



Source:  "Metta (Mettanisamsa) Sutta: Good Will" (AN 11.16), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 4 July 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an11/an11.016.than.html . Retrieved on 25 September 2011.

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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2011, 01:40:20 pm »
Metta is such a great thing! Thank you!  :anjali:


แผ่เมตตา--Metta is a Pali word meaning loving-kindness


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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2011, 05:12:14 pm »
 :goodpost: Thank you, OP!

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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011, 04:24:53 am »
Metta is the best!  ;D

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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2011, 01:01:59 am »
I found this to be a pretty inspiring metta meditation.

Ajahn Brahm's Loving-Kindness meditation


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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011, 02:08:41 am »
Metta is the best!  ;D

It's nice but I couldn't do it all the time. :wink1:

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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2011, 05:26:19 am »
Metta meditation can be practiced while sitting,standing or walking. Thats another benefit for busy folks.
I am the first mistake. The rest is the next one!

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Re: The 11 Benefits of Metta (loving kindness) Skill
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011, 08:40:36 am »
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When one develops — mindful —
good will without limit,
fetters are worn through,
on seeing the ending
of acquisitions.

If with uncorrupted mind
 you feel good will
 for even one being,
 you become skilled from that.
 But a Noble One produces
a mind of sympathy
 for all beings,
 an abundance of merit.

Kingly seers, who conquered the earth
 swarming with beings
, went about making sacrifices:
the horse sacrifice, human sacrifice,
water rites, soma rites,
 & the "Unobstructed," (1)
but these don't equal
one sixteenth of a well-developed mind
of good will —
as all the constellations don't,
one sixteenth
 of the radiance of the moon.

One who neither kills
 nor gets others to kill,
neither conquers,
nor gets others to conquer,
with good will for all beings,
has no hostility with anyone
at all.

Iti 1.27
in "Itivuttaka: The Group of Ones" (Iti 1-27), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 31 December 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.1.001-027.than.html


As there are many misunderstandings of metta, this article might be very useful: Metta means goodwill (essays by Thanissaro Bhikkhu free download from http://www.dhammatalks.org/

 


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