|Vesak 2013: Message from Bhante Mahinda
The real significance of Vesak lies in the timeless and universal peace message of the Buddha, found in the teachings on the Four Noble Truths. The Four Noble Truths explain DUKKHA, the sufferings and unsatisfactoriness of life; SAMUDAYA, the cause of suffering; NIRODHA, the cessation of suffering; and MAGGA the path which leads to the end of all suffering. Read more
Metta and Mindfulness by Venerable Mahinda
Mindfulness is an important technique in the cultivation of metta and can be applied in all day-to-day situations. We can describe ‘mindfulness’ as being present, with clear awareness of our body, feelings and state of mind. Read more
What is Metta Round The World?
Dramatic changes are taking place around us, with or without our knowledge. Information about the global situation, including predictions and warnings for 2012 and beyond are increasing day by day.These information are meant to prepare us to face the challenges ahead, and to wake up to the realities of life and the world around us. According to the sayings of the Buddha in the first verse of the Dhammapada: Mind is the forerunner of all phenomena. As such, we need to harness all our positive mental energies with one heart and mind through meditation….read more
Message from Venerable Mahinda
As we live in these times of great change and uncertainty we need to recognize the importance of the cultivation of mindfulness and be ready to transform ourselves through a simple, sustainable and spiritual way of life. We need to wake up to the realities of the dramatic changes taking place around us and the various manifestations of suffering in the world. We need to recognize the preciousness of our human life and arouse compassion in our hearts as we kindle the light of wisdom within. The qualities of wisdom and compassion are both necessary in order to cope with and adapt to the changes taking place around us, and to be able to live more meaningfully. The cultivation of light, love and compassion are embodied in all great spiritual tradition around the world. METTA in Pali or Maithri in Sanskrit language means “loving-kindness” or “boundless love”…..read more
What is Metta?
Metta, in Pali, or Maithri in Sanskrit language, means ‘loving-kindness’, or boundless love’. It is the wish for all sentient beings to be well and happy. It is also referred to as boundless or universal love, a love that transcends all barriers, such as caste, colour or creed. Metta is the basis for cultivation of virtues, such as compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity, which are very important qualities to develop as we live through these times of great change and uncertainties.The practice of metta helps to reduce the tendency of anger, hatred and grudges. Metta is a great healing force…..read more
Advisor: Ven. B. Sri Saranankara
I would like to encourage every individual, organization and temple to support Bhante Mahinda and Aloka Foundation’s noble project ‘Metta Round The World – Global Meditation for Compassionate Love’. Metta is loving-kindness, friendliness or good will. Buddha taught that we should be loving and kind to all beings. Metta lies between the two extremes of selfishness and hatred. Metta must first be practiced towards oneself. One can’t love others without establishing love in one’s own self. Having cultivated loving-kindness in one’s own heart then one can radiate love to other sentient beings. Following the teachings of the compassionate Buddha; let us with one mind radiate metta to the world. Let us as responsible citizens of this world participate in this noble project and do our part for world peace, harmony and stability….read more