with Venerable Pannyavaro
On this CD-ROM are the Buddha’s teachings on Loving-kindness; an explanation of its practice; the basic technique and a guided loving-kindness meditation given by Venerable Pannyavaro, an Australian monk and founder of BuddhaNet – the Buddhist Education and Information Network on the Internet.
Loving-kindness is a meditation practice taught by the Buddha to develop the mental habit of selfless or altruistic love. From the words of the Buddha in the Dhammapada (the path of truth) can be found the saying: “Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates — if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.”
Loving-kindness is a meditation practice, which will bring about positive attitudinal changes – as it systematically develops the quality of ‘loving-acceptance’. It acts, as it were, as a form of self-psychotherapy, a way of healing the troubled mind to free it from its pain and confusion.
Of all Buddhist meditations, loving-kindness has the immediate benefit of sweetening and changing old habituated negative patterns of mind. In this way it overcomes all forms of ill will, self-hate and hostility towards others. So it is known as a Guardian Meditation as it will protect you from harm.
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