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From Selfish to Selfless Love

Posted on Apr 26, 2014

From Selfish to Selfless Love

From Selfish to Selfless Love   By Venerable Mahinda Often we find that the people who make us most angry are the people we love most – our spouse, our parents or children.  Although we know that we love them, they also make us very upset.  Why?  Because consciously or unconsciously, we expect something from them in return for our love.  When we do not get it, our love can turn to hate. This can be seen in the case of many broken marriages. This kind of love is not refined, it is based on attachment and desire.  While we may genuinely care for the other person, there is always a...

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The Purpose and Meaning of Life

Posted on Apr 26, 2014

The Purpose and Meaning of Life By Venerable Mahinda Part I We have all come to this world with some purpose. Some of us may be aware of this purpose, but many of us are not really aware of our true purpose in this life. Some of us have come to this world to do something, to be of service to a certain group of people. For parents who have one or two children, they spend a good part of their lives looking after those children. That would appear to be their purpose in life. But others have come to this world with a greater sense of purpose, to help more sentient beings. But there are also some...

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Metta in Difficult Situations

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

Metta in Difficult Situations By Venerable 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 people who are unfriendly or disturb us, how will we know if our practice is progressing?  When practising metta towards people whom we find difficult, we need to use our wisdom. With wisdom, we can change our perception.  Firstly, we...

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Loving-kindness Meditation & Insight Meditation

Posted on Aug 2, 2013

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 and peaceful… Read the full article by Venerable Mahinda, published in the Metta Round the World newsletter...

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The Social Application of Metta

Posted on Aug 2, 2013

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… Read the full article by Venerable Mahinda, published in the Metta Round the World newsletter at: http://mrtw.org.au/2013/06/18/the-social-application-of-metta/

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How to Sleep Better

Posted on Aug 2, 2013

  One of the benefits of practising metta is being able to sleep well.  Many people today have difficulty sleeping.  We need to understand that the causes for not sleeping well are due to some kind of stress – on a physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual level…   Read the full article by Venerable Mahinda published in the Metta Round the World newsletter at: http://mrtw.org.au/2013/03/23/how-to-sleep-better/

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