Buddhism and Meditation

Metta & The Divine Abodes


Last week The Milton Keynes Meditation Association had an evening exploring and studying Loving Kindness Meditation. We began the evening by practising the Metta Bhavana (Cultivation of Loving Kindness Meditation).

 

This is meditation practise is designed to generate positive emotion and is done in 5 stages:

 

1/ Metta for Onseself

2/ Metta for a Good Friend

3/ Metta for a Neutral Person

4/ Metta for a Difficult Person

5/ Metta for All Beings

 

More details of this meditation can be found on Dharmachari Kamalshilas website.

You can try this meditation at home by following a led audio instruction. This can be downloaded on MP3 from the Free Buddhist Audio website.

 

We went on to read and study the Karaniya Metta Sutta:

 

This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness and who knows the path of peace:

Let them be able and upright,

Straightforward and gentle in speech,

Humble and not conceited,

Contented and easily satisfied,

Unburdened with duties and simple in their ways.

Peaceful and calm and wise and skillful,

Not proud or demanding in nature.

Let them not do the slightest thing that the wise would later reprove.

Wishing:

In gladness and in safety,

May all beings be at ease.

Whatever living beings there may be;

Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,

The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,

The seen and the unseen,

Those living near and far away,

Those born and to-be-born — May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,

Or despise any being in any state.

Let none through anger or ill-will wish harm upon another.

Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child,

So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings;

Radiating kindness over the entire world:

Spreading upwards to the skies,

And downwards to the depths;

Outwards and unbounded,

Freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down

Free from drowsiness,

One should sustain this recollection.

This is said to be the sublime abiding.

By not holding to fixed views,

The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,

Being freed from all sense desires, Is not born again into this world.

 

Adapted from a Translation byThe Amaravati Sangha

Source: www.accesstoinsight.org

Pali Scripture: Sutta Nipata 1.8

 

We explored this Sutta from the point of view of the traditional 3 Fold Path often used to describe the Buddhist Path:

 

1/ Ethics

2/ Meditation

3/ Wisdom

 

In the following weeks we will be exploring theother “Divine Abode” meditations: Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equinimity.