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How to Deal Skillfully and Compassionately with Memories

We all have things we’ve done in the past that we regret, and memories of these mistakes can often arise in meditation. Here is a helpful teaching from Thanissaro Bhikkhu that explains what the Buddha said we could do when we are haunted by memories. How to Deal Skillfully and Compassionately with Memories “As for […]

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Prayer and Metta for all beings affected by the BP Gulf oil disaster

Like millions of others in the United States, and around the world, I’ve been keeping a close watch on the tragic situation with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. I don’t live in the Gulf area, but I’ve tried to help by various forms of advocacy and by getting good, solid scientific and technical information […]

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An Overview of Loving-kindness Meditation

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness! May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering! May all beings never be separated from the supreme joy that is beyond all sorrow! May all beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion! Going through the Buddhadharma teachings I’ve collected […]

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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on Nourishing Happiness

This excerpt is from Thich Nhat Hanh’s wonderful book “Teachings on Love.” In it, Thây gives three exercises that are a kind of metta meditation—aspiration for our own happiness and the happiness of others. As is usual in metta, the first verse aspiration is for our own happiness. The second verse is for a friend, […]

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Bringing Metta to Daily Life-A Talk by Bhante Vimalaramsi

You will find no finer or deeper teaching on Loving-Kindness than that of Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi. I hope this short excerpt from a talk he gave on bringing loving-kindness to daily life will send you to his website to read the whole article. (Link below) Metta in Daily Life Ven.Bhante Vimalaramsi What we need to […]

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How Insight and Loving-kindness Free Us from Mental Parasites

In an earlier post entitled “Taming Elephants-How To Transform Negative Habit Energies,” I shared teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh on how to deal with what he called “habit energies.” As Thầy, as Thich Nhat Hanh is affectionately known by his students, writes: “We know how strong, how powerful the habit energy is. We notice that […]

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Audio Dharma-An Introduction to Metta by Gil Fronsdal

One of the reasons I upgraded my blog for audio capability was so that I could include talks by Gil Fronsdal. Along with Thanissaro Bhikkhu, he was one of the very first dharma teachers I listened to, and he had a huge impact on my understanding and practice of Buddhism. I’ll always be grateful to […]

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A Guided Meditation with Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Metta Refuge includes some great introductory talks on the “how to” of meditation as explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Ajahn Brahmavamso,  Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, and Bhante Vimalaramsi. Check out the “Meditation” page on this site. Today, I thought I’d share another skillful teaching by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, this one being a “guided” meditation. I’ve been meditating for […]

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Metta in the Moment

Metta, like meditation itself, isn’t limited to one’s time sitting on a cushion or to extended periods of meditative work.  Just as mindfulness, attention, and looking into cause and effect can embrace every aspect of one’s life, even so, loving-kindness can be practiced all the time and especially “in the moment.” Of course, our outward […]

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When Meditation is Too painful, Try Metta

Maybe you’ve heard that meditation is “good for you” and that it can help you find peace of mind,  Or maybe the concepts and teachings of Buddhism really speak to your heart, and you understand that meditation is the key to Buddhist practice.  It is commonly believed that meditation is only what you do “sitting […]

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An Introduction to Metta or Loving-kindness practice

This is an excellent introduction to basic meditation from the Theravada Buddhist tradition.  I think you will be amazed at what daily metta will do for you and your life! Click to download PDF: Loving-kindness Meditation by Ven. Sujiva ♥♥♥

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