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May they take care of themselves happily.


I just completed my registration for this year's Metta retreat at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. I'm exited. While I was living in Munich I used to attend a Taj Chi retreat (our master was a Chinese Benedictine monk) and I've been on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in southern France twice (during my national service at the airforce).
Metta is the Pali word for "Loving kindness". It is the mental state that forms the very foundation of self development in the Buddhist believe. Brother Richard teaches a very easy to perform Metta meditation during the basic Buddhism course:

Contemplation On Loving-Kindness (Metta)

May I be well and happy.
May I be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May I take care of myself happily.

May all beings in front be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.

May all beings in the right direction be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.

May all beings behind be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.

May all beings in the left direction be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.

May all beings above be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.

May all beings below be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.

May all beings in the surrounding ??????????????????????????????.
May all beings who are dear to me ??????????????????????????????.
May all beings who are neutral to me ?????????????????????????
May all beings who are unfriendly to me ???????????????..
May all beings be well and happy.
May they be free from enmity, disease and grief.
May they take care of themselves happily.  

Posted by on 03 June 2005 | Comments (1) | categories: Intercultural

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  1. posted by Joe Litton on Tuesday 07 June 2005 AD:
    Ahhhhh ...That is so beautifully simple. I *just* located a nearby Tai Chi center and am planning to start practicing. The philosophy is so much more uplifting than other martial arts I've practiced. Just reading the Contemplation on Loving Kindness brings a wave of peace.