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Ajahn Jayasāro

In the practice of mettā meditation…

In the practice of mettā meditation, it is best to start with yourself, before radiating mettā to others. A lot of the difficulty people find in feeling mettā for themselves may be avoided by choosing words that have particular meaning to them. There is no need to keep to the traditional formula. Personally, for example, I find the phrase, ‘May I be happy’ unhelpfully vague, and never use it. The best phrases are those which express our highest aspirations.

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When I was younger I would sometimes go on long walks

When I was younger I would sometimes go on long walks through the Thai countryside. I liked to walk in the evenings when the sun was not so hot. The only drawback I found to walking after dark was the aggressive dogs in the farms and villages along the way. Two things helped to keep me safe: loving kindness and a big stick to sternly wave about.

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Most people find public speaking very stressful…

Most people find public speaking very stressful. The night before having to speak in front of a large audience, they often sleep badly. They may even feel like vomiting before going onto the stage. But why does public speaking affect us so strongly? What can be done about it?

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Human beings are very good at measuring…

…But how many of the most important things in life are, in fact, measurable? How, for example, could we quantify a parents love for their child? Notably, the Buddha gave the title of the Four Immeasurables to the wholesome motions of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity…

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One of the first discoveries in meditation…

…But how many of the most important things in life are, in fact, measurable? How, for example, could we quantify a parents love for their child? Notably, the Buddha gave the title of the Four Immeasurables to the wholesome motions of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity…

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In this period of great stress and uncertainty…

In this period of great stress and uncertainty, one of our most important tools to maintain sanity and balance is the cultivation of loving-kindness for self and others. On one occasion the Buddha listed the benefits that may be realised. The range is remarkable: beginning with physical and mental well-being and culminating in profound spiritual accomplishment…

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