FAQS

Getting Involve & Participate

How do you intend to connect around the world?

Everyone from anywhere in the world can connect in Metta meditation with one heart, one mind for world peace, harmony, and stability; either as an individual or group; at home, at meditation centre, at temple or any place that is conducive for a quiet sitting. Everyone includes the Metta Round the World Participants (MP), their relatives and friends, and Friends of Aloka Foundation, Buddhists and non-Buddhists, everyone, irrespective of religion, creed or beliefs.

We use the internet to reach out globally: Website: http://www.mettaroundtheworld.org and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MettaRoundTheWorld?ref=ts.

How will you keep in touch with the participants?

Via the Metta Round the World website under What's Happening, newsletters and direct e-mailing.

You may email your queries, suggestions, and comments or share your stories at radiate@mettaroundtheworld.org

Any fee to join?

No, just 15 minutes of your time on every new moon and full moon day. Nevertheless, as the new moon and full moon day differs from country to country, we encourage you to practice one day before, during, and after the new moon and full moon days listed in the calendar.

Why full moon and new moon days?

Outstanding events connected with the life of Lord Buddha took place on full moon days and many other important events associated with His life-span of eighty years, occurred on full moon days.

Buddhists all over the world have a high regard for full moon and new moon days. We celebrate these days with religious fervor by observing precepts, practising meditation, and by keeping away from the sensual worldly life. On this days we direct our attention to spiritual development.

Read more at http://mettaroundtheworld.org/2012/02/why-full-moon-days/

Why Vesak Month?

Vesak month is the most significant month in the Buddhist calendar.

By having daily metta session during the Vesak month, we will be bringing the practice of metta to another level, harnessing all our positive mental energies with one heart and mind for peace, harmony, and stability in the world.

Our efforts, individually and collectively, will make a difference.

Why 15 minutes?

As most people lead a busy life, setting aside 15 minutes can be easily achieved. This will encourage the practice of meditation.

We are hopeful that participants will experience the positive results from just 15 minutes of Metta practice, thus extending the duration of practice and/ or making it a daily practice. As more and more people practice, making it a way of life, the collective power can then be experienced more significantly.

Read more at http://mettaroundtheworld.org/2012/03/i-fear-commitment/

What if I forgot to meditate on New Moon or Full Moon day?

If you have registered as a Metta Round the World participant, we will send you reminders before the New Moon or Full Moon day. If for any reason whatsoever, you are unable to meditate on New Moon or Full Moon day, you may meditate a day or two before or after the stipulated day.

Read more at http://mettaroundtheworld.org/2012/03/i-fear-commitment/

What if I cannot meditate everyday during Vesak month?

It is alright that there may be days that you may miss out. Just put in double the time the next day to make up for it. What is important is one puts in the practice.

Read more at http://mettaroundtheworld.org/2012/03/i-fear-commitment/

Can non-Buddhists participate?

Yes, Metta is the wish for all sentient beings to be well and happy. It is a meditation on loving kindness and compassion.

This cultivation generates a universal quality which any person would benefit from; irrespective of religion, creed, or belief.

If I do not know meditation, can I participate? How?

Yes, you can use the Metta meditation guide provided in the Metta Round the World website or you can recite the Great Compassion mantra or any other suitable prayer or mantra of choice and thereafter dedicate and share the merits generated for peace, harmony, and stability of the world, and the well-being of the many.

Download Bhante Mahinda’s guided Metta meditation and dedication at: http://mettaroundtheworld.org/resources/

Can you give some suggestions on what mantras or sutta I can chant?

You can recite the Great Compassion mantra or any other suitable prayer or mantra of choice with the intention of promoting loving kindness and compassion.

Visit our download page http://mettaroundtheworld.org/resources/

Metta Round The World

Why the Metta Round the World initiative?

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:

MANO PUBBANGAMĀ DHAMMĀ… 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 and prayer for peace, harmony, and stability in the world.

Our efforts, individually and collectively, will make a difference. It is with this in mind that Metta Round the World was initiated by Bhante Mahinda, the Founder and Spiritual Director of Aloka Foundation.

DHAMMO HAVE RAKKHATI DHAMMACĀRI The Dhamma protects one who lives according to the Dhamma

Read more at http://mettaroundtheworld.org/about-us/what-is-mrtw/

Who is the organizer of Metta Round the World?

Aloka Foundation is a non-profit organisation incorporated in 2002 under the Malaysian Companies Act,1965 to establish and operate retreat centres and carry out activities to promote educational, humanitarian, and spiritual activities for the well being and happiness of all Malaysians regardless of ethnicity, creed, and belief.

Aloka Foundation’s initial project was the establishment of Alokarama, an eco-holistic retreat centre located on a 22-acre orchard near Asahan in Tampin district at the south-eastern corner of Negeri Sembilan, bordering the states of Johore and Malacca. Since its completion on 2006, Alokarama has been the host venue for many healthy mind and body weekend retreats and workshops.

Other Aloka Foundation projects that have brought a multitude of benefits to many include :-

  • ALERT (Aloka Emergency Readiness Team) which is focused on preparing the community physically, psychologically, and spiritually in facing and managing crises,
  • Medical Aid, notable for Medical Camps that benefited 250 residents of Kampung Mesilau in Kundasang, Sabah in 2010 and 700 residents in 19 villages in Kg. Karagasan in the interiors of Sabah in 2011
  • Green Thumb that promotes planting of herbs and the greater awareness of their medicinal value as well as the cultivation of vegetables and crops to sustain and nourish
  • Good Heart that is dedicated to compassionate care in providing assistance and spiritual support to elders and friends
  • Education which focuses on holistic education to develop peace loving, well rounded and confident individuals.

For further information, visit http://alokafoundation.org

Who is Venerable Mahinda?

Born in 1949 into a traditional Chinese family in Malacca, Malaysia, Bhante Mahinda had his early education at the St Francis Institution and the High School Malacca before leaving for tertiary education in biological science at Canterbury University, New Zealand. In his final year of tertiary studies he met a lay Buddhist teacher from Sri Lanka and joined him on a 2-year Goodwill Mission Tour to New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, the USA, Canada and the UK.

Bhante Mahinda was ordained in 1976 as a Buddhist monk in the Sri Lankan Theravadin tradition under the tutelage of the late Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Thera (a well-known Sri Lankan monk resident in Malaysia for more than 50 years). After his ordination, he undertook a Buddhist studies programme at the Paramadhamma Buddhist Institute in Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1982.

He was trained in meditation by several well-known masters in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar and Thailand, and inspired by Mahayana masters from China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, as well as by Vajrayana masters from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India.

He has taught Mindfulness and Metta Meditation for more than 30 years in 20 countries.

His participation in inter-religious conferences and Dhamma propagation has taken him to more than 30 countries to date.


DHAMMADUTA SERVICE

After his five years of study in Sri Lanka, he was sent to Singapore as resident monk of the Singapore Buddhist Mission where he spent three fruitful years teaching Dhamma and meditation, and organising various activities.

In July 1986, he took up residence in Australia and founded the Australian Buddhist Mission Inc.  He spent his early years in Australia organising youth camps, Buddhist exhibitions and seminars, as well as giving Dhamma talks at high schools and universities. After the establishment of the Aloka Meditation Centre in 1999, Bhante Mahinda spent most of his time conducting meditation retreats with the assistance of Sister Sumitra.

In Malaysia, Bhante Mahinda is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Aloka Foundation, which was established in 2002 to provide spiritual, educational and humanitarian services for the welfare and happiness of the many.

Bhante Mahinda is also well known for his Novitiate Programme – a 2-week temporary ordination for males (as Samaneras) and females (as Dasa-Sil Upasikas). After conducting this annual programme for 31 years at the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Kuala Lumpur, he decided to move on to the Buddhist holy places in India/Nepal. The first Aloka Novitiate was organised in Lumbini, in November/December 2007, followed by Bodhgaya in November 2008, Sarnath in 2009 and Kushinara in 2010.

Currently, Bhante Mahinda is the Abbot of the Aloka Meditation Centre in Australia, (AMC), Founder, Spiritual Director of the Australian Buddhist Mission Inc. (ABM), Buddhist Chaplain to the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Trustee of the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF) and Training Committee member & Training Course Presenter of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP).

He is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Aloka Foundation, Malaysia; Religious Patron of the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM); Religious Advisor to the Buddhist Missionary Society, Malaysia and a number of other Buddhist organisations in East and West Malaysia and Singapore.

What is Metta?

Metta in Pali or Maithri in Sanskrit means “loving‐kindness” or “boundless love” – love that is unconditional and without boundaries.

Metta, the universal dharmic principle which upholds peace and happiness, is a positive and powerful healing force that transmutes the negative and chaotic energies in the world.

Practised together with wisdom and insight, Metta will transform us all into a caring, compassionate and sustainable community.

Read more at: http://mettaroundtheworld.org/getting-involved/what-is-metta/

How will Metta Meditation help?

Metta is a wish for all sentient beings to be well and happy. It is an antidote for anger, hatred, mistrust, etc. There are so much anger, hatred, mistrust, etc in the world today. Over the last 12 months, the number of protests, demonstrations and marches by citizens around the world indicated that these anger, hatred and mistrust, etc, were growing day by day.

Quote from the article: The Power of the Collective (June – August 2007 No. 15 / Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness) by John Hagelin, a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert and leading proponent of peace:

“Since meditation provides an effective, scientifically proven way to dissolve individual stress, and if society is composed of individuals, then it seems like common sense to use meditation to similarly defuse societal stress.”

How do you know whether this initiative will make a difference?

Hagelin conducted an experiment in Washington DC in 1993 by bringing a large number of meditators to one area in summer between Jun and July in which crime rate usually rise in co-relation with the temperature.

When the number of meditators reached 2,500 and grew to 4,000, noticeable was the distinct significant drop in crime compared to expected rates based on previous data, weather conditions and a variety of other factors.

“It was only a few thousand people in a city of about a million and a half. So, a relatively small group was influencing a much larger group. That is what is so fascinating …” said Hagelin.

Read the article at: http://istpp.org/pdf/Shift-PoweroftheCollective.pdf

Online Registration

Must I register to participate?

Yes, once you register, your participation will be reflected as a light in the website world map plus our running counter, hence creating a ‘wave’ of Metta across the world to inspire and encourage others to join.

Will you be using my e-mail address for other purposes?

No. Privacy is important to us. Ttherefore, we will not sell, rent, or give your name or address to anyone.


 

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