Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
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Newsfilm: the “all in one”edition…

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 10:42

Newsfilm: the “all in one”edition…

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 10:42Clear Vision have produced this 38 minute film – a compilation of all the five short films that we’ve been showing over the week edited into one video… If you want to download it easily (for example, for showing at a Centre or group) then you can do that here.

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Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21Manidha and Alice here from Seattle in the U.S. sharing a collection of poems we feel inspired by when we think about metta and its central importance for the life of the heart. Drawing on different religious and spiritual traditions the poems bring out some of the qualities of metta and of a person turning their effort towards cultivating loving kindness in their life.

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Vimalasara's picture
thanks for making this - great - resource
Diane Palaces's picture
Thank you for making this video. Wonderful poems, just the right length. Heartwarming to see you Manidha and nice to meet Alice and “the reader.”
marysalome's picture
This rocks.
saddhāruci's picture
I feel so moved by the poems and also by having the chance to see Manidha. Last time I saw hershe was still Vicky and we were in a GFR retreat in Mexico.

love to all
Mirza's picture
Thank you Manidha and Alice for such an inspiring video about Metta :)

Greetings and lots of metta from Costa Rica :)
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Introducing the theme of the urban retreat: loving-kindness

Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 13:14

Introducing the theme of the urban retreat: loving-kindness

Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 13:14Here is a short little story to introduce the theme of the Urban Retreat, which is ‘metta’ or loving-kindness…

It is the story of an encounter I had in my home town that inspired me and taught me about the need to cultivate, learn, and practice loving-kindness…
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Vimalasara's picture
What I find beautiful about this story - is that you can’t think your way through metta - Metta is quite simply spontaneous feeling/ action - as we see from the young woman who kindly intervened - Metta wasn’t thought - it was spontaneous action – that is the beauty of it. We can think Metta - but in the end we have to feel the fluttering of the heart - we have to feel the heart open. But of course thinking Metta will help us - but it can also get in the way. One of my ways in - is to think of something that just opens our heart - and all of us can remember something that has moved us in our life - what does that feel like in the body - what happens in the body - we are disarmed and open - and outpouring of metta flows.
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This made me think (once again) of the times that I have had an opportunity to be positively spontaneous in my reaction and that I have thought my way out of doing things - come up with all the reasons why my actions aren’t feasible or practical. This has been an on-going practice for me for many years. The fear of taking the wrong action in a difficult situation can paralyze me into taking no action at all. When I simply react with metta, I know that I am doing my best - and feel no paralysis and no fear.
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Actions speak louder than words…. a constant refrain in my house…especially in regard to my children. Of course they need to be able to tell others they love them but when they act on their positive emotions wonderfull things can happen. Thanks for sharing.. I will try and attend the Urban Retreat online from New Zealand.
pink lotus's picture
Thankyou Vajragupta, very inspiring, will try to remember this the next time I feel a reaction trying to take me over.
marysalome's picture
I thought that the people considering the topic of Vajragupta’s thought-provoking story might appreciate this story of a bus driver who prevented a woman’s suicide in Buffalo, NY earlier this month.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/buffalo_bus_driver_saves_…