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On the Karaniya Metta Sutta

By Candradasa on Mon, 4 Nov, 2013 - 17:17
Natalie Willmer, from the Auckland Buddhist Centre in New Zealand, with a short talk on the metta sutta – an ancient Pali text that contains some of the Buddha’s words and teaching on metta (loving-kindness). Natalie describes her response to first coming across these words of the Buddha; some of them inspired her, but some of them raised questions…

Listen to the sutta being chanted

This is the first of a short series of...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Loving-kindness and your relationship with yourself...

By vajragupta on Mon, 4 Nov, 2013 - 12:36
Upekshadaka, from the Ghent Buddhist Centre in Belgium, shares how the practice and development of metta (loving-kindness) has changed his life. He describes the effect on his relationship with his father, with his work, and, most of all, on his relationship with himself. Metta allows him not to hide his weaknesses, and also not to hide his strengths and qualities. And having that kinder relationship to himself transforms his relationships with others.

This is the second 10-minute talk from...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

The Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali and English (PDF version)

By vajragupta on Fri, 1 Nov, 2013 - 18:22
Here is the Karaniya Metta sutta (the Buddha’s words on loving-kindness) in Pali (an ancient Indian language for which I’m afraid I’ve lost some of the diacritics), followed by an English translation by Ratnaprabha. This is a version for easy printing - you can also read and listen along here!

Listen to Natalie’s talk about the sutta, and here’s Joe’s chanting of the Pali as a separate audio post...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Introducing the theme of the urban retreat: loving-kindness

By vajragupta on Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 13:14

Introducing the theme of the urban retreat: loving-kindness

By vajragupta on 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…
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

How the urban retreat works if you are new to meditation...

By vajragupta on Mon, 28 Oct, 2013 - 10:32
Hello there, this is a short bit of information about how the urban reteat works, what teaching materials you’ll be able to access, how much time you’ll need to take part…

It is especially aimed at those who are new to meditation, or not familiar with the metta bhavana (development of loving-kindness) - which is the particular type of meditation we’ll be focusing on during the urban retreat…

(There is another short audio for those who...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

How the urban retreat works - for those familiar with the metta bhavana

By vajragupta on Mon, 28 Oct, 2013 - 10:28
I thought it might be helpful to post up some simple information about how the online urban retreat works, what you’ll get each day, how much time you’ll need to participate.

This audio is pitched at those familiar with the metta bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation. There is another short audio that explains how it all works if you are new to meditation, or to this particular type of meditation practice…...
Online Meditators
Online Meditators

This week's meditation (new time!)

By Candradasa on Sun, 16 Jun, 2013 - 14:05

This week's meditation (new time!)

By Candradasa on Sun, 16 Jun, 2013 - 14:05Hi all, our next onlline meditation class will be on Tuesday 18th at 11.30am-12.30pm PST / 2.30-3.30pm EST / 7.30-8.30pm UK / 8.30-9.30pm Europe. This week we’ll be revisiting the Loving Kindness meditation (Metta Bhavana), particularly with a view to expanding our own sense of ‘identity’ (individual and national/tribal)…

We’ll be online 15 minutes before the sit and will meditate (with some guidance) for around 45 minutes, leaving space at the end for...
Stockholms buddhistcenter
Stockholms buddhistcenter

Ratnaguna leder metta bhavana & talar om den stora kärleken

By Viryabodhi on Wed, 29 May, 2013 - 14:49

Ratnaguna leder metta bhavana & talar om den stora kärleken

By Viryabodhi on Wed, 29 May, 2013 - 14:49Under sitt besök i maj 2013 undervisade den mycket uppskattade Ratnaguna både på en ordensmitradag, ledde en workshop på Buddhadagen och slutligen, på Sanghakvällen den 27 maj, ledde han en metta bhavana meditation och gav ett föredrag om ett tema i mahayanatexten Vimalakirti Nirdesa: The Great Love. Nu kan du lyssna på dem:

ledd metta bhavana:
http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1677

föredraget, The Great Love:
http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1678
Sheffield Buddhist Centre
Sheffield Buddhist Centre

My Way into the Metta Bhavana

By bodhinaga on Fri, 26 Apr, 2013 - 18:03

My Way into the Metta Bhavana

By bodhinaga on Fri, 26 Apr, 2013 - 18:035 different Order Members give 5 different ways into the Metta Bhavana practice. 5 short talks by Bodhinaga, Satyajyoti, Maitridasa, Khemasuri and Vadanya given at Sangha Night, Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 16th Jan 2013 as part of a series of talks on myths, stories and symbols.

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