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A Power Point Presentation on the \'What\', \'Why\' and \'How\' of Loving-Kindness Meditation or Metta Bhavana. Done by Bro. Oh Teik Bin from Lower Perak Buddhist Association, Teluk Intan, Perak, ...

A Power Point Presentation on the \'What\', \'Why\' and \'How\' of Loving-Kindness Meditation or Metta Bhavana. Done by Bro. Oh Teik Bin from Lower Perak Buddhist Association, Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia.

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  • Dear Julie,
    You are welcome. You will find the practice of Metta Bhavana tremendously beneficial.
    Peace and Joy to you.
    With Metta,
    Bro. Oh Teik Bin
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  • Brother Oh, Thanks for sharing this. Simple, yet concise. Good for beginner like me. I have a question, how about the benefits of metta bhavana to the people whom we radiate our metta to? Will they be somehow protected? :)
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    • Intro What Why How METTA BHAVANA Meditation On Loving-Kindness
    • METTA BHAVANA is the Meditation on Loving-Kindness
    • The Buddha gave a Discourse on Loving-Kindness ( The discourse is the Karaniya Sutta …in Sutta Nipata 1.8 ) While the Buddha was staying at Savatthi, a band of monks, having received subjects of meditation from the Master, proceeded to a forest to spend the rainy season (vassana). The tree deities inhabiting this forest were worried by their arrival, as they had to descend from tree abodes and dwell on the ground. They hoped, however, the monks would leave soon; but finding that the monks would stay the vassana period of three months, harassed them in diverse ways, during the night, with the intention of scaring them away.
    • Living under such conditions being impossible, the monks went to the Master and informed him of their difficulties. Thereon the Buddha instructed them in the Metta Sutta and advised their return equipped with this Sutta for their protection. The monks went back to the forest, and practicing the instruction conveyed, permeated the whole atmosphere with their radiant thoughts of Metta or loving-kindness. The deities so affected by this power of love, henceforth allowed them to meditate in peace.
    • What is METTA ? Metta is… Loving-Kindness Goodwill Friendliness Benevolence Concord Love
    • In Metta, there is a strong wish for the happiness and welfare of oneself and others. The heart opens unconditionally encompassing all that is.
    • Metta is devoid of self-interest. One with Metta has the attitude of a friend who wants to give to another the best to further his or her well-being.
    • Just as a mother gives her own life to protect her child, so Metta only gives and never wants anything in return.
    • The 11 Benefits of Metta Bhavana The 11 Benefits of Metta Bhavana 1 One sleeps happily.
    • 2 One wakes up happily.
    • 3 One has no bad dreams.
    • 4 One is dear to human beings.
    • 5 One is dear to non-human beings.
    • 6 One is protected by the gods.
    • 7 One’s countenance is radiant.
    • 8 Fire, poison and weapons do not affect one.
    • 9 One’s mind concentrates quickly.
    • 10 One dies without bewilderment.
    • 11 If one develops no further, one will reach at least to the Brahma World.
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 1 We can spend some minutes a day on Metta Bhavana, sending thoughts of loving-kindness to all beings throughout the world.
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 2 1 Sit in a relaxed posture on the floor or a cushion. (cross-legged, semi-lotus or lotus position ) 2 Keep your back straight. 3 You may close your eyes. 4 Breathe in and out softly and naturally. 5 Allow your thoughts to dwell upon loving-kindness and compassion.
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 3 First, radiate thoughts of loving-kindness to yourself. Charge your heart and mind with thoughts such as : “May I be free from harm and danger. May I be free from mental suffering. May I be free from physical suffering. May I be well, happy and peaceful.”
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 4 You may repeat such thoughts of Metta until your concentration and calmness grow.
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 5 Next, radiate thoughts of loving-kindness to your parents and other family members as follows: “May they be free from harm and danger. May they be free from mental suffering. May they be free from physical suffering. May they be well, happy and peaceful.”
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 6 Radiate thoughts of loving-kindness to all your teachers and friends repeating mentally and fervently the four lines as before.
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 7 Radiate thoughts of loving-kindness to your enemies or people who are negative towards you, repeating mentally and fervently the four lines as before.
    • Metta Bhavana – Guidelines 8 Lastly, radiate your thoughts of loving-kindness to all beings in the whole world, universe and all the realms of existence, repeating mentally and fervently the four lines as before.
    • The End May METTA Grow and Grow in you. With Metta, Bro. Oh Teik Bin