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From the Mettanisamsa Sutta: "Monks, eleven advantages are to be expected from the release (deliverance) of heart by familiarizing oneself with thoughts of loving-kindness (metta), by the cultivation of loving-kindness, by constantly increasing these thoughts, by regarding loving-kindness as a vehicle (of expression), and also as something to be ...


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Good for you that you're following the path. However, that first year on the path can be a sensitive time as there is a power in meditation. The Buddha talked about this power as being both a way to build your path but also a trap if you dwell in it too long. Meditation is making you more sensitive to the world around you and allowing you to perceive people ...


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If funds are limited and the opportunities to donate are plenty, you should find out which is the best place to donate as in who is genuine, who will benefit the most, who is the most worthy etc. It's an aspect of wisdom which guides Metta to have the best possible outcome. It's important to note the difference between worrying and looking for the best ...


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I think your question contains an implication that one practicing metta will be inclined to do nothing for the person they feel friendly towards. This is not the case at all. A person with metta is inclined towards the benefit of others: For among these, loving-kindness is the way to purity for one who has much ill will, compassion is that for one who ...


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Metta does make you physicaly beautiful. You don't go from being super ugly, to super gorgeous. But it can improve a lot more than you might think. Using an analogy, have you ever noticed that when you are in a realy good mood, people are more enthusiastic with you? And have you ever noticed how when you're in a bad mood, the opposite happens? We all react ...


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"How to respond to hate and violence to oneself" "Monks, there are these five aspects of speech by which others may address you: timely or untimely, true or false, affectionate or harsh, beneficial or unbeneficial, with a mind of good-will or with inner hate. Others may address you in a timely way or an untimely way. They may address you with what is true ...


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To all your questions, the answer is to respond with the mindfulness of Metta as outlined in the Karaniya Metta Sutta. There's more in Metta Sutta. If you are mindful at all waking times with Metta, then the benefits include sleeping and waking in comfort, as well as becoming dear to other human beings. Although these Suttas do not describe this detail, I ...


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Yes Metta is a very very important factor in the art of communication, throughout all the stages of the communication process. Being natural (effortless) and honest is another core trait (Right Speech) as well as having a high level of generosity (dana paramita) There are many others social skill factors, some of which are based on advanced NLP skills (...


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Yes. For 2 reasons I can think of: Creates good Karma on which some can give results in this life time Makes you pleasant and likeable hence increasing chances of some one dealing with you and supporting you


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You already know it. Depressive mind has power to transform whole world to depressive world. Angry mind has power to transform whole word to angry world. Metta mind has power to transform whole world to metta world. When dwelling in depression, everything is depressive. When boiling in anger, everything is angry. When radiating metta, everything is ...


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HOW TO OBTAIN WEALTH, BEAUTY, AND SOCIAL POSITION. Translated from the Anguttara-Nikâya (iv.1971). On a certain occasion The Blessed One was dwelling at Sâvatthi, in Jetavana monastery in Anâthapindika's Park. Then drew near Mallikâ the queen to where the Blessed One was; and having drawn near and greeted The Blessed One, she sat down ...


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Yes, the Mettanisamsa Sutta lists eleven benefits of Metta meditation, out of which ten can be experienced in this life. The ninth one is the one related to this question: "His/her countenance is serene" Also read the Culla-kamma vibhanga sutta "But here some woman or man is not angry or much given to rage; even when much is said, he is not furious, ...


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What ever the situation you mention, what happens is your sense a situation. You perceive it as positive or negative and then mentally react to it. When you sense it you get a sensation and when you mentally perceive the situation you get a sensation. In face of the sensations and feeling arising in whatever situation you should try to keep your composure ...


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When my SO became vegetarian she said she liked animals (e.g. horses and cows and so on) and other living creatures; and said it would be hypocritical to cause them (e.g. to pay a butcher for them) to be killed for her to eat. I think she felt that being non-vegetarian (i.e. that being a carnivore or predator) would interfere with or cloud her perception of ...


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Based on Theravada, which is what I'm most familiar with, vegetarianism is not essential for any meditation that I know of. Even so, I've chosen to be a vegetarian. As I understand it, the Mahayana tradition tends to strongly encourage vegetarianism, but even then I'm not certain if they do it specifically to aid meditation practice. As to it being ...


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I don't think it'd make other beings become "free" from sorrow, but it could bring certain level of peace to both the practitioner and the people s/he's interacting with. AN 11.16 mentions 11 benefits of cultivating metta: "Monks, for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, ...


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I suggest this book you are studying might be too complex for a beginner, even though the section on metta is reasonable. The book 'Unveiling the Secrets of Life: a Manual for Serious Beginners' might be more suitable. As for metta meditation in relation to Anapanasati, Buddhadasa's point is obviously straightforward and correct, namely, to realise ...


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Hatred feelings spoils your mind, results in bad Karma, and this is despite it's being towards someone who has done something bad. Metta is for your mind and for your benifit. Fellings you get justifying being Hatred towards someone who has done something bad is refefferd as "Wanchaka Dhamma", basically meaning deceiving thoughts. Makes your belive your are ...


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Ven Sirs, Readers, Arrogance is that one considers oneself better than others. If one finds this is not the case an arrogant person becomes averse. The way to overcome is as follows: (1) “Sona, when those ascetics and brahmins, by way of form—which is impermanent, suffering, subject to change—consider thus: ‘I am better’ (seyyo’ham asmi), or ‘I am equal [...


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How to handle aversion that derives from perceiving arrogance? I understood this answer as saying that there are two types of "conceit" -- conceit includes "comparing one person with another". The two types are "true conceit", and "false conceit". I'm not sure how either of these -- a right comparison or a wrong comparison -- might be a good cause for "...


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You are always a perfect subject for training metta, Eggman, yet it wouldn't unite other then wisdom very individual, if. In the case Eggman is giving other such possibilities consciously he might even gain some merits by it. Maybe Eggman likes to perceive hungry small beings running around bind in search for food and even if given are not capable to grasp....


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Ajahn Sumedho, in his excellent book, Don't Take Your Life Personally, offers in many passages the perspective that the four Brahma-Viharas are the transcending sublimation of our usual self centered reactive patterns towards the Vedanā, the hedonic tones of experience.


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Metta-Bhanava - what is it? The Buddha said that next to the contemplation of ‘Anicca’, the next most fruitful bhavana is that of metta. The benifits of the metta bhavana far exceed what one gains from all other forms of giving. The Buddha said one could attain the Anagami stage by correctly doing the metta bhavana. But that entails understanding anicca, ...


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'Metta' is good-will & non-hatred. It is wanting other people to be happy. This does not mean to "save" or transform other people into inherently happy people but to abide with non-conflict with other people. The meditation method is below: Whatever living beings there may be; Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, The great or the mighty, ...


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It is comprehensible that you like know your donation goes not in vain and the one accepting your donation is legitimate. This is because you like please that your donation goes well and effective so that you will multiply good Karma when you rethink and think about how it is well contributed. The most important thing here is you need to multiply your ...


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I don't know of a sutta that suggests that prayers or concentration directly affects the well being of beings being prayed to or concentrated on. Quite the contrary, suttas like the one below suggests that such thing would be wishful thinking. That is, wishing someone to be free from sorrow as the method to make them free from sorrow is a fruitless method. ...


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One part of your bodily sensations are due to food we take. Light vegetarian food can help concentration and meditation including Metta. This is beneficial but not necessary. Buddhism is not an extreme ideology and centres around intention. If you do not have the intention of killing and also the situation is not such what you would be tainted by the guilt ...


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I believe if knowledge advances totally we will come to see that negative mind states like anger, fear, envy, jealousy are all signs of ill health. Just as a perfectly bodily healthy human doesn't fall ill often because of a strong immune system; similarly a perfectly emotionally healthy human doesn't fall ill often to negative emotions because of a well ...


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