This dhamma talk was given by Luang Por Sumedho on 30th January 2021 at Amaravati.
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The Venerable Anuruddha had a problem. The tried and tested methods of teaching the metta (loving-kindness) practice did not seem to work with the English. There had to be a solution. The Venerable Anuruddha sat…
The metta practice rests on the basis of loving oneself, or at least liking oneself. Without this step, no further progress is possible, either in the metta practice or in the practice of any of the Brahma Viharas (the Divine Abidings). And with the English — the men at least — this first step was proving very difficult, if not impossible…
A talk by Ajahn Sumedho. Loving-kindness (Metta) to oneself and others is one of the major teachings of Buddhism. 72 minutes.
Kindness awakens your latent ability to be and commune with the world.
Awareness is a natural state; it’s normal. It isn’t a compounded state that depends on other conditions.
Perceiving the power of separation caused by the judging mind is also very helpful. In other words, the judging mind creates more inner solitude.
Again, compassion isn’t for others alone, it’s a matter of having compassion for one’s own wellbeing as well. We all have compassion, but it might be quite weak, and sometimes quite partial and discriminative.