Loving-Kindness Practice

maitripinart1The original name of this practice is maitri bhavana (Sanskrit) or metta bhavana (Pali). Maitri means love, friendliness, or kindness, and bhavana means development or cultivation. A common form of the practice consists of five stages:

  1. Cultivate loving kindness for yourself, reciting: “May I be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May I embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May I abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May I attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  2. Cultivate loving kindness for a friend or loved one, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  3. Cultivate loving kindness for a specific person you neither like nor dislike, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  4. Cultivate loving kindness for a specific person whom you dislike, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  5. Cultivate loving kindness for all four persons at once, reciting: “May we be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May we embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May we abide in peace, free from self-grasping. May we attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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6 Responses to Loving-Kindness Practice

  1. Upāsaka says:

    Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

  2. Pingback: Loving-Kindness Practice | Zen Flash

  3. marthachapman1942@yahoo.com says:

    Thank you Tashi. I so enjoyed the sangha last night. I just printed this off so I will start practicing. 

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    Thursday, July 21, 2016, 10:11 AM -0500 from comment-reply@wordpress.com : >Tashi Nyima posted: “The original name of this practice is maitri bhavana (Sanskrit) or metta bhavana (Pali). Maitri means love, friendliness, or kindness, and bhavana means development or cultivation. A common form of the practice consists of five stages:

    Cultivate loving ” >

  4. Kristine Gaenzle says:

    Hi Tashi,I think I left my shawl at the church after your teaching last night. At least I didn’t have it when Jack and I got home. The kind woman there at church today cannot find it, so I am wondering if perhaps you or the woman you were last talking to may have rescued it. If not you, then do you recall who you were speaking to last and could you send me her name so I can check with her? And thank you for the wonderful, provocative teaching and sharing the Metta phrases. May All Beings Benefit,Kristine Salamone

  5. Ashin Neminda says:

    Great full website for Buddhist monk and laypeople. thank you so much

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