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Loving kindness

The roots of Buddhist practice

Humans are set apart from other types of sentient beings by their ability to naturally connect with sharp intelligence and with nonviolence, loving-kindness, and compassion. From the moment we are born, we are constantly chasing after happiness, thinking of ways we can become happy and free from suffering, and we actively try to bring those desires to fruition. The propensities toward loving-kindness, compassion, and nonviolence we display in following this quest for happiness demonstrate what makes human beings unique.

For any species of sentient being to continue existing, the members of that species must have affection for each other and they must support each other. In order for our human community to survive, we must nurture and sustain connections of love, compassion, nonviolence, and altruism. These connections are what will allow us not only to survive, but to make our lives meaningful. If we concentrate on ensuring that these connections are present, that in itself will be enough.

All of the Buddha’s teachings are based on refraining from harming others and engaging in helping others. It is therefore of great importance for Buddhists to have these two principles as the ground of their practice. The roots of Buddhist practice are the attitudes of altruism and non-harm. In other words, the roots of Buddhist practice are loving-kindness and compassion.

– 17th Karmapa

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If beating ourselves worked

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Tiny Buddha


Practicing loving kindness meditation

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 Practicing loving kindness meditation is like digging deep into the ground until we reach the purest water. We look deeply into ourselves until insight arises and our love flows to the surface. Joy and happiness radiate from our eyes, and everyone around us benefits from our smile and our presence. If we take good care of ourselves, we help everyone. We stop being a source of suffering to the world, and we become a reservoir of joy and freshness. Here and there are people who know how to take good care of themselves, who live joyfully and happily. They are our strongest support. Whatever they do, they do for everyone.

– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “How to Love”.
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Spiritual discipline

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If you meditate earnestly, pure in mind and kind in deeds, leading a disciplined life in harmony with the dharma, you will grow in glory. If you meditate earnestly, through spiritual disciplines you can make an island that no flood can overcome.
– Dhammapada vs.24, 25

What Endures

Source: What Endures | Great Middle Way

July 15, 2017

13731690_1676255449365175_5792319421383687256_nThe royal chariots surely come to rot,

just as the body, too, comes to decay.

But the shining truth and loving kindness live on

—so say the virtuous to the virtuous.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Dhammapada


We must lead a good life

Tao & Zen Community Forum


Be kind to others

“Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

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On Tenderness and Kindness

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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.”

Watching flowers bloom all around us

When we see the Beloved in each person, it’s like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us.

~ Ram Dass ~

Source: Sojourners Path