What is Buddhist Metta?
In Buddhist tradition, metta refers to a state of loving-kindness, friendliness, sympathy as well as benevolence. It is a sublime practice of meditation of the Theravada school of Buddhism. Metta is a kind of love without clinging and attachment.
Buddhist metta believes in the cultivation of generosity, amity, kindness and love. The ultimate goal is to attain enlightenment. One is encouraged to free one’s love to flow outward through the universe to its depth, its height and its broad extent.
It is considered as a limitless love without enmity and hatred. It teaches one how to see the world in a positive light.
How To Cultivate Metta :
The practice of loving-kindness starts from self-cultivation of it, then goes to one’s loved ones, including families, friends, teachers, strangers and even enemies. However, with regards to the person one is going to spread loving-kindness, one should follow the below guidelines:
- Abstain from choosing someone to whom one is sexually attracted or one who is dead.
- Abstain from choosing someone who shows strong positive or negative emotions.
- Abstain from choosing someone who has ruined one’s life unless they have awareness of that.
A loving-kindness practitioner breaths in suffering and breaths out happiness. As such, it is practiced for the sake of others but not self. It expresses a strong wish for the happiness of others. In fact, it is also a feeling of patience and appreciation without wishing for return benefits. In short, it is a unconditional quality.
The Phases of Loving-Kindness:
- May I live safely, happily, healthily and easily.
- May you live safely, happily, healthily and easily.
- May all beings live safely, happily, healthily and easily.
- May all beings everywhere live safely, happily, healthily and easily.