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Origins of the Development of Loving Kindness. Skills Notes 9. These are the known origins of this form of meditation as it was said to be taught by the Buddha. This was said by the Buddha. “Bhikkhus (holy men), whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, [i] all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-release of loving-kindness. [ii] The mind-release of loving-kindness surpasses them and shines forth, bright and brilliant. “Just as the radiance of all the stars does not equal a sixteenth part of the moon’s radiance, but the moon’s radiance surpasses them and shines forth, bright and brilliant, even so, whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-release of loving-kindness. “Just as in the last month of the rainy season, in the autumn, when the sky is clear and free of clouds, the sun, on ascending, dispels the darkness of space and shines forth, bright and brilliant, even so, whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-release of loving-kindness…. “And just as in the night, at the moment of dawn, the morning star shines forth, bright and brilliant, even so, whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-release of loving-kindness. The mind-release of loving-kindness surpasses them and shines forth, bright and brilliant.” For one who mindfully develops Boundless loving-kindness Seeing the destruction of clinging, The fetters are worn away. If with an uncorrupted mind He pervades just one being With loving kindly thoughts, He makes some merit thereby. But a noble one produces An abundance of merit By having a compassionate mind Towards all living beings.[iii] Those royal seers who conquered The earth crowded with beings Went about performing sacrifices: The horse sacrifice, the man sacrifice, The water rites, the soma sacrifice, And that called “the Unobstructed.”[iv] But these do not share even a sixteenth part 0f a well cultivated mind of love, Just as the entire starry host Is dimmed by the moon’s radiance. One who does not kill Nor cause others to kill, Who does not conquer Nor cause others to conquer, Kindly towards all beings— He has enmity for none Published with thanks from The Udana &The Itivuttaka Translated by John D. Ireland. Buddhist Publication Society 1997. Buddhism Now November 2001
Be Mindfully Aware
A programme of guided audio meditation, supporting notes and guides to learn and encourage a daily programme of meditation.
It is possible to improve mental focus and increase concentration by practicing mindfulness. Some people suggest that "SILO" may be a way to remember to be Mindful and more Aware in this present moment. S stands for STOP. Through meditation this does become easier as time goes on. Having a habit, behaviours, or even an addiction, suffering some stress or anxiety are other reasons to work to change and Minfulness Meditation is one way to start to work at it. STOP take notice of what you are about to do. DO NOT apply a judgement to what you are about to do, just observe it. Observe the way you experience this moment physically, mentally and emotionally. What are you sensing physically right now? What are the thoughts going through your mind? What are the emotions you are feel right now? And spiritually, how driven am I to act, think or feel in this way? I is about considering the IMPACT of what is about to happen whether as a Reaction or having a conscious role in the next moment and what is happening. L is about LOVING ourselves of which we never do enough. Using some self-love will be good for ourselves and anyone else who will suffer the consequences of our actions if they are Reactions. O represents the OPTIONS, and the choices, that have formed and so a Mindful Response can be chosen and acted upon. Try SILO. Being able to pay attention to one task at a time is so important; underestimating the value of this ability is all too easy. Have "Post-it" notes saying "Be Mindful" and act on that.
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