MRTW was initiated by Bhante Mahinda with the following objectives:
- to connect like-minded people to radiate Metta for world peace, harmony and stability
- to meditate for at least 15 minutes on New moon and Full moon days, at any time any where around the world
- to encourage people to practice Metta as part of their lives
Under Phase 1, to encourage more people to practice Metta meditation, Metta participants were only required to meditate for at least 15 minutes on full moon days.
On Vesak Day, 5 May 2012, we initiated a One World One Time One Metta Event where at GMT 1.00 / MYT 9.00am Metta participants from around the world radiated Metta at the same time. Our biggest number of participation were from Indonesia where over 400,000 people across Indonesia participated.
Phase 2 was launched on Vesak Day 2012, and the frequency of Metta meditation was increased to at least 15 minutes every new moon and full moon days. We also enlisted various Buddhist temples/organizations to host MRTW new moon and full moon puja/metta meditation sesssions. Buddhist Gem Fellowship in Malaysia dedicated all their new moon and full moon puja as MRTW sessions since then.
To further harness the Power of Collective, Metta Circles were launched under Phase 3 at a Metta Facilitator Workshop from 29 June – 1 July 2012 at Samadhi Vihara in Shah Alam, Malaysia. It was attended by over 50 participants from all over Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. 7 Metta Circles were establised after the workshop.
Metta Circle has the following objectives:
- a platform to connect with like-minded people to radiate Metta together for world peace, harmony and stability
- to facilitate communication to learn and to share
- to build a community based on love and compassion
MRTW Singapore, Sri Lanka and Australia Chapters were also launched between 2&3Q12. 4Q12 saw the launched of our monthly newsletter. Read the articles from the monthly newsletter at http://mrtw.org.au/
On 17 November 2012, we conducted a Metta in the Womb Workshop: A holistic approach to motherhood – the need for love and care in communicating with your unborn baby. There is no doubt that the unborn child can be nurtured to become a vital and valuable human being in later life. The onus of this amazing transformation lies entirely with the parents. Their unconditional love and affection can be communicated to the tiny being within the womb. The workshop was attended by 50 people; 15 couples and 20 individuals (expectants parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and interested individuals).
We also had our first Metta Circle Facilitators Gathering on 18 November 2012 attended by 15 Metta Circle leads and participants. Issues and challenges were discussed and various ideas and suggestions were put forth.
Both events were held at Samadhi Vihara.
We then took the Metta Circle Workshop across the border into Singapore. A Metta Weekend Workshop was conducted on 1 – 2 December 2012 attended by over 60 participants and various groups have pledged to start their Metta Circles shortly.
The second 24-hr Metta Event was held at Samadhi Vihara on 24 – 25 November 2012 attended by over 1,000 people over 24 hours.
MRTW ended the year with another world wide event i.e. 12.12.12 One World One Day One Metta, with participants meditating for 15 minutes from where ever they were at 12 noon (local time) and as a group at 8pm (local time). Two waves of the collective healing force of Metta encircled the world!
We now have Metta Participants from over 25 countries, with more than 25 Participating Organisations and at least 10 Metta Circles within Malaysia and Singapore.
More interesting activities are planned for Year 2013. Register now if you have yet to sign-up as a Metta Participant at http://mettaroundtheworld.org/register to be kept posted on our events and activities.
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