Category Archives: Sublime states

Mettā sutta – part 4

The conclusion of the mettā sutta goes like this: Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down; free from drowsiness, one should sustain this recollection. This is said to be the sublime abiding. These sentences invite us to maintain a … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 3

In the previously posted section of the mettā sutta, the Buddha suggested what we should do if we wish to purify our hearts; in the next section he suggests what we should avoid doing: Let none deceive another, or despise … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 2

The next part of the Mettā sutta describes a form of blessing. It is a wish, not a demand; we recognize the place in our heart that wishes others well, and we give it space and encouragement to grow into … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 1

The Mettā sutta (from the Pali language) has been chanted for millenia, by many people, in many languages. In the next few posts, I’ll be looking at it in sections (in English) and reflecting on why it is so important … Continue reading

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What about love?

We are sometimes confused about the nature of love, and this confusion is well-founded, because love and attachment are often (or usually) intertwined. There’s a pertinent sutta in the Middle-length discourses of the Buddha, #87, “Born from those who are … Continue reading

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Tis the season

It hasn’t escaped my notice that the end of the calendar year is upon us. In most cultures, it’s a time of renewal, of celebration, of gathering, and of joy. How we perceive the activities of the season will vary … Continue reading

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Acceptance as equanimity

Anguttara Nikaya 5.57 (a sutta from the Pali canon) is a regular theme in these pages. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of the complete sutta can be found on the main site (AN 5.57). We’ve been thinking about equanimity, so I re-visit … Continue reading

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