The first full moon metta practice has started off, taking place in several parts of the world though not around the world as yet.
Not all those who put in their metta practice either as a group or individually for a minimum at a time of their convenience on Sunday, 8 Jan 2012 informed us. However, we managed to collate from some who responded to our call for a short report.
Here’s their Metta Log:
marcelobarbosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
“We did meditation on Saturday. Four people gather and practised as a group while another fulfilled his commitment alone. Since only Mercia and I registered, I requested the other three to register at www.mettaroundtheworld.org. I hope that in the next full moon, more people will join us in Brazil. We are spreading to more people.”
bluemtnspadma in Sydney, Australia:
“A few friends and I connected for half hour Metta Meditation for a more peaceful and loving world for all being.”
Mitra@Shunfu group of 12 Dhamma buddies at Shunfu, Singapore:
“We fulfilled their Metta Mission together .
“In support of Bhante Mahinda’s MettaRoundTheWorld initiative, our small group decided to have our very first online presence with our practice!
“Yes, ’iPractise’ versus ’I Practise’
“One of the challenges we encountered was to persuade and help the non-techie, peace-loving folks in our group to sign-up and kept in the loop on developments in Metta Round The World.
“Thanks to Steve Jobs, iPad sure was handy! One brother even kindly loaned his extra email account for tech-phobia Sister K to experience the convenience of registration! At the end we achieved our true purpose (and with some fun of course) to be of one mind, one heart, online or offline in the practice of metta.
“Next came the embarrassing moment at the beginning of our group metta meditation. The speaker to amplify the guided meditation instructions just refused to work.. We were left with the option of spiritual technology – connecting with our spiritual teacher and with our HEART and clarity of mind, hear his instructions.
“At the end of the metta bhavana, it was wonderful feeling of fulfillment achieved together for world peace, harmony and stability. That was what matters most!
Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society in Puchong, Malaysia incorporated Metta Round The World metta practice in their Full Moon devotional practice.
“At the end of chanting Karaniya Metta Sutta, the whole group of more than 10 devotees, chanted etena sacca vajjena sotthi te hotu sabbada (By the firm determination of this truth,may you ever be well) repeatedly for 108 times. This was then followed by 15 minutes metta meditation.”
Ping Wei from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia:
“I meditated for 1.5 hours. Peaceful and joyful. This metta practice should be carried on at the next Full Moon for a truly Happy Chinese New Year! “