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The Metta Sutra

The Metta Sutra offers the Buddha’s teachings on loving kindness. This is one of the fundamental practices for Buddhists in general and me in particular. During my meditation practice, I offer loving kindness blessings first to myself, then to my wife, children and their significant others, then to the people I know who are suffering, […]

Valentine’s Metta Practice for Earth and Her Children

It’s Valentine’s Season and time to express love to our beloveds. Let’s not forget about someone most special–Mother Earth—because she is the giver of life and sustainer of everything we know and hold dear. We can make a gift to her, in celebration of the holiday, and deliver it through mindful meditation. Let our expression […]

A Song For All Beings

Last Saturday night, I attended a performance of A Song For All  Beings to a packed house. Composed and produced by Jennifer Berezan and friends, A Song For All Beings is based on the Buddhist practice of metta and the four immeasurable minds or Brahma Viharas (divine abodes) of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and […]

The Bells of Mindfulness from Mother Earth

The polar ice caps are melting. BONG! The sea levels are rising. BONG! The deserts are expanding. BONG! The temperature is rising. BONG! Species are becoming extinct. BONG! Water sources are depleting. BONG! The rainforests are disappearing. BONG! These  bells of mindfulness from Mother Earth are ringing over and over again. Are we listening to […]

Make Me One with Everything

I just received a metta practice from Lama Surya Das and want to share it with you. The book he is referring to is Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation. “As I travel on book tour around the country this month, my formal sitting meditation practice is really […]

The Importance of a Spiritual Friend

In these lovely words of wisdom, Thanissaro Bhikkhu talks about the importance of a spiritual friend. He is one of my favorite Buddhist teachers, authors and scholars from the west. He is also the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery, outside of San Diego. Whenever he has an article in Tricycle, Shambhala Sun, or Buddhadharma, I […]

Cultivating a Heart of Compassion

These words of wisdom from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh are about cultivating a heart of compassion. This is done by the practice of metta (loving kindness) meditation. We have seen many articles the speak to metta meditation. The approach in this article by Thay (as Thich Nhat Hanh is known to his followers) […]

How to Regard All Beings

Here is a quote from Huineng on how to regard all beings. Other than the quote, which is from, this is my recollection of his role in Zen Buddhism. Huineng was the sixth patriarch of Zen. He was born in 638 and died in 713 at the age of 75. He began his spiritual […]

The Importance of Faith in Buddhism

Sharon Salzberg is a frequent visitor to these pages. She is one of the original founders of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts, along with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield. I think her major contribution to Buddhism in the West is the way she writes about and teachs metta (loving kindness) practices. In these […]

Loving Kindness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

It is with great pleasure that I present this Loving Kindness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal. The text is from his book, The Issue at Hand. The book is offered as a gift to the community. It is freely given and available online. I found this to be so instructive that I want to share this […]