2nd July Meeting this Saturday, July 27, 4PM – The Meaning(s) of Metta

Update: Tony has graciously agreed to serve as this Saturday’s Lead Facilitator.  He asks that if there are any additional Suttas that any one would in the Group would recommend to please suggest in the Discussion Forum.

The topic for this meeting is on the various meanings/interpretations of Metta.

Often translated and understood as “loving-kindness” participants will discuss the what metta means to them individually and the implications for practice.

Please take a look at this article from Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu as recommended by Tony:


Note: After the meeting, meditation will follow at 6PM in the Main Hall upstairs.

2 Responses to 2nd July Meeting this Saturday, July 27, 4PM – The Meaning(s) of Metta

  1. asenerchia says:

    Thanks for a great meeting!

    Here’s a link to the article that Susie (Suzy?) brought to share: http://www.fsnewsletter.amaravati.org/html/57/57.htm

    Here’s a link to the book by Acharya Buddharakkita from which we read during the meeting: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/buddharakkhita/wheel365.html

    As promised, here’s the link to get to the Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/dc-buddhist-studies?hl=e
    You’ll need to subscribe & be accepted before you begin receiving emails from the group.

    Thanks again for being there & contributing! Perhaps we will go deeper into Ajahn Geoff’s article linked to above.

    With metta.

  2. asenerchia says:

    I hope you all are well!

    After our last discussion on the meaning of metta, several people expressed an interest in spending a full meeting on the article by Thanissaro Bhikku entitled “Metta Means Goodwill.” After speaking with Jim, we agreed to spend our next session, this FRI AUG 9 at 7 PM, going over this piece in detail.

    I will gather together a few questions that come to my mind upon rereading the text and will send them out to you within the next couple of days. It would be wonderful if you would take the time to read through the article as well and note any questions or comments you might have. Links to the article are at the end of this post; we will be working from the PDF version.

    If you have the time, it may be beneficial to read through the suttas referenced in the article to gain a little more background information as to the situations in which these particular teachings on metta arose. Also, should you have time, this study guide on nonviolence put together by Thanissaro Bhikku – and I highly recommend his other study guides – might contain some Dhamma that speaks to you: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/nonviolence.html It is long but well worth the read.

    Lastly & again, if you plan on attending the meeting this Friday at 7 PM, please read through the article and print it out. We will be working from the PDF version which can be found here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/metta_means_goodwill.pdf The online article with links to the suttas cited can be accessed here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/metta_means_goodwill.html
    With anticipation of a fruitful discussion, best wishes for each of you for your daily practice & much metta, I hope that you may look after yourselves with ease!

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