Saturday, May 8, 2010

'Benefits of Developing Metta' from Mettanisamsa Sutta

When loving kindness has been resorted to, developed or nurtured, constantly practised, made use of as a means of mental culture, used as a basis of spiritual growth, these eleven benefits are to be expected:
  1. One sleeps comfortably.
  2. One awakens from sleep comfortably.
  3. One sees no evil dreams.
  4. One comes to be loved by humans.
  5. One comes to be loved by non-humans.
  6. Divine beings offer protection.
  7. One does not come to suffer on account of fire, poison or weapons.
  8. One’s mind rapidly gathers concentration.
  9. The look of one’s face becomes pleasant.
  10. One dies unconfused.
  11. If one does not gain higher spiritual attainments, one would be born in the world of  Brahmas.
These eleven benefits are to be expected out of the release of the mind achieved through loving-kindness.
                      ~ THE BUDDHA (Anguttara Nikhaya 11.16)

What is Metta?
Metta, in Pali, has been translated as 'Loving Kindness', which usually describes a benevolence toward all beings, without discrimination, that is free of selfish attachment. It is a strong, sincere wish for the happiness of all beings.

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