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Compassion Meditation's Efficiency

In compassion meditation (metta-bhavana), does the strength of the effect depend mainly on concentration? Or are there other factors involved as well? Thank you.
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

From what I understand, different schools of Buddhism teach different subsets of meditation techniques, or different variations of the same techniques. However, many meditation resources don't specify ...
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Metta's Intensity and Concentration

I noticed that in my meditation on compassion, the beginning is consistently potent (i.e. tears, strong feeling) and the ending is usually less apt (i.e. body agitation, distraction). Would the ...
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Fearful of Compassion

I started practising compassion meditation, and initially it worked very well. Yet, I feel more averse to it than initially, and when I meditate I sometimes experience a kind of distorted facial ...
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Anapanasati and Metta

Background Hi all, i have been practicing Metta and self-compassion meditation for a while but have just switched (back) to following the first couple of exercises in the Anapanasati Sutta (...
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Metta phrases about safety in ancient and modern times

Background I've been practicing with metta phrases adapted from the Visuddhimagga, and i've seen the same thing in other places: Part of the meditations focuses on safety, which is perhaps not as ...
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Does this statement by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu conflict with traditional mettā meditation?

I'm a beginner and I'm studying (and trying to practice) both meditation on breathing and mettā meditation, and in the book Anapanasati by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, which i'm following with some initial ...
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Does chanting have a practical and exclusive benefit?

Other chanting answers tend to explain tradition, but this question only concerns practicality. Are the benefits of chanting exclusive, or can your practice easily be full and productive using other ...
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Two Extremes of Metta

I've practiced metta, or attempted to, with mixed results. Sometimes I'm wondering even how to practice metta, and in my mind it feels like I'm just repeating "How can I develop compassion? How can ...
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Fastest way to Samadhi

I have heard that Metta Meditation is the fastest way to a samadhi mind. How effectively fast is it? How is Metta properly cultivated as a meditation? As in how to develop the Vitakka Vicara on metta ...
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Unfriendly and unapproachable faces - Metta Practices

I'm kind of curious, some people may have looked a little aloof and cold from the outside, and get commented on this too but deep down she/he isn't like this. She/he are probably just quiet and doesn'...
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Should I limit the time I do metta?

Metta feels great. It is unconditional love on tap. So, could there be too much of it? It is addicting.
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I while ago I read a story about the Dalai Lama and the metta bhavana practice. Someone was talking to him about the difficulty in practicing the first stage (wishing well for oneself) and was ...
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Does loving kindness meditation help beings other than the practitioner?

For an example when the practitioner wants every being to become free from sorrow, does it actually create a difference? At least when the practitioner concentrates on someone close to himself/herself....
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Metta towards yourself - useless?

There is a part of Yuttadhammo's answer at How to practice Metta without a Benefactor? that has very confused me: cultivate metta towards yourself (useless, but a good example) Why is metta ...
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Is Chant of Metta from Tipitaka?

I came across 'The Chant of Metta' (Metta Gatha), in a beautiful rendition by Imee Ooi in this YouTube video. Here is the full text in Pali, with English translation: THE CHANT OF METTA Is this ...
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Metta and Loving-Kindness as a Team

Can Metta be practiced in a partnership or as a team? I can think of two people practicing Metta together, or a group which meets for meditation, or across borders, across continents people ...
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Can someone provide online resources to learn Vipassana and Metta?

Anything like a PDF or a website link or a podcast audio is OK for me :)
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Mettā Stage 4: “Difficult Person”

Thinking about the fourth stage of Mettā meditation practice, which is traditionally said to have you focus on a "difficult person", I wonder: Does the person have to be someone that you know ...
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Metta for dead father

During a meditation I have practiced Metta, as I have learned it, I sent Metta to; myself a good friend a "neutral" person a difficult person all four of the above equally and then gradually the ...
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Is it important to be vegetarian when meditating “Metta meditation”?

Is it essential or somehow profitable to be vegetarian when doing "Metta/Maithree" meditation? Or Is it essential or somehow profitable to any other form of meditation? If not why a lot of people ...
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New to metta meditation

I have some questions about metta meditation. 1- When I send love to myself, my cat, the world etc. Do I have to feel something? Do I have to sit and repeat the mantra May I Be Happy until I feel ...
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Three questions about sensual desire

If music is a sensual desire , what's wrong with that? Sensual desire is described as the first of the five hindrances. What I am a little perplexed by is the stance of Buddhism on the positive ...
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'Metta' versus 'passive acceptance for the wicked'?

I've often seen the question asked: "How can we have metta for murderers, terrorists, criminals, etc.?" Though there are many good answers to these questions, I've noticed that few of them tend to ...
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Why is Metta Practice so Hard?

I find it very difficult to practice metta. I feel completely agitated when I sit to do metta even for a short period of time.is this normal? First I can't feel any metta being generated and I feel ...
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How to practice Metta without a Benefactor?

I find it very difficult to practice metta because i can't find anyone who has been a benefactor.I don't know a lot of people.Most people i know i find it very difficult to send metta to as a ...
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How we can develop metta for terrorists?

Metta is benevolence towards all beings, without any discrimination, free of attachment and free of hatred. How we can develop metta for terrorists?
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Do metta practices and anatta contradict each other?

When I was taught the Metta Bhavna meditation practice it was suggested that I repeat the following to myself May I be well May I be happy May I be free Then again repeating the same again to ...
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How does one know that he's reached a Jhana level in Metta meditation?

When someone practices Metta meditation towards a beloved person using a phrase, e.g. May xx be be free from enmity and danger what is the counterpart sign (nimitta) in this method and how does ...