This FBA Dharmabyte is the beginning of a heartfelt conversation between Samantabhadri and Dharmakarunya entitled ‘Metta, Contemplative Dialogue.’
The two good friends engage in a contemplative dialogue about Metta. This dialogue, spontaneous and unscripted, unfolds as a significant exploration of Metta. Metta as meditation practice, as an illumination of ordinary living and as a path to insight.
We’ve titled this FBA Dharmabyte podcast “A Darkness Was Ripped From My Eyes”, a line from the poem, Singapore, by Mary Oliver, recited with commentary offered by Ratnaguna. As our eyes open to the lives of others, we try to run away from what we do not like. We think there is nothing we can do, or is there?
In this FBA Dharmabyte entitled “Metta as Quite Ordinary and Everyday”, Jvalamalini gives a very personal and helpful take on the metta bhavana (loving kindness) practice, recounting her history with it and the kinds of areas she has worked with over the years in order to learn to love herself and others as deeply as she can, specifically here how metta is very simple, practical and not necessarily out of the ordinary.
In this FBA Dharmabyte from Vajrapriya entitled ‘To Make the Imperfect Perfect is Enough to Love it’, he discusses the fact of suffering or dukkha as part of being human. What are we to do? We can love what is, and in doing so make the imperfect perfect.
In this FBA Dharmabyte, we hear from Parami, our international Order Convenor, about how dukkha is not living in harmony with truth of conditioned existence and how it is metta that is the volitional response to interconnectedness.
‘Living in Harmony With Truth’ is from the talk “The Awakening Heart” the first talk in the series of the same name. It touches on aspects of Sangharakshita’s ‘system of meditation’, and most specifically the area of positive emotion.