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Loving-Kindness Practice

Source: Loving-Kindness Practice | Great Middle Way

maitripinart1The original name of this practice is maitri bhavana (Sanskrit) or metta bhavana (Pali). Maitri means love, friendliness, or kindness, and bhavana means development or cultivation. A common form of the practice consists of five stages:

  1. Cultivate loving kindness for yourself, reciting: “May I be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May I embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May I abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May I attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  2. Cultivate loving kindness for a friend or loved one, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  3. Cultivate loving kindness for a specific person you neither like nor dislike, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  4. Cultivate loving kindness for a specific person whom you dislike, reciting: “May s/he be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May s/he embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May s/he abide on peace, free from self-grasping. May s/he attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
  5. Cultivate loving kindness for all four persons at once, reciting: “May we be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May we embrace happiness and the causes of happiness. May we abide in peace, free from self-grasping. May we attain the union of wisdom and compassion.”
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