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    New Year Message 2014

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    Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year. Prosperity and longevity, along with good health and stable relationships, are things we all yearn for in our lives. These are the main source of happiness for most people. This year, we would like to urge you all to take stock...
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    The ‘Power’ of Metta

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    by Bhante Mahinda It is often thought that if we try to practise loving-kindness and compassion all the time, we will become weak and passive. But this is not true. As we deepen our metta practice further and grow in wisdom, we will have greater ability to handle challenging situations...
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    Motivation and Meditation

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    by Bhante Mahinda When we get up in the morning, what is it that motivates us to go to work, or to school? Is it money, status, enjoyment…? Why is it that sometimes we don’t feel we have the energy to go about our daily activities, or that the challenges...
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    Metta in Difficult Situations

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    by Bhante Mahinda Every time we encounter unfriendly people, we are presented with an opportunity to develop our metta practice further. It is quite easy to cultivate thoughts of loving-kindness in an environment where everyone around us is friendly and responds positively towards us. But unless we are challenged by...
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    Loving Kindness and Insight

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    by Bhante Mahinda Buddhist meditation practice is usually classified as two types: samathā - meditation which develops calmness and tranquillity; and vipassanā – meditation which cultivates wisdom or insight. Meditation on loving-kindness (mettā bhāvanā) is considered a samathā practice. When we radiate thoughts of wellbeing for ourselves and others, our minds gradually become more and more calm...
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    The Social Application of Metta

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    by Bhante Mahinda 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...
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    Metta and Mindfulness

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    By Bhante 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. This technique is a powerful tool in coping with negative situations...

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