Featured Articles and Journals: lovingkindness

August 31, 2015
Back in June, at the beginning of the summer, IDP decided to offer a weekly Metta/Lovingkindness Meditation practice, on Fridays from 6-7pm. When planning the offering, I wondered if anyone would attend - sometimes it's quiet during the summer,...
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August 7, 2015
Very early tomorrow I will be getting on a plane and heading off to a fairly remote retreat center in Colorado. Very early. The first flight leaves at 5 a.m., which means leaving the house around 2:30 a.m. to allow for check-in and security and all...
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August 3, 2015
In personal situations, sometimes I feel very strongly that I'm right and you're wrong. It's very hard for me to see that you have your own point of view, that you don't mean me any harm, and that your needs and concerns are as valid as mine. ...
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April 28, 2015
“What are you working with right now?” he asked me. (This is something Buddhists sometimes ask each other.) “Kindness,” I responded. “I find that I can always be a little kinder to myself.” “Oh, that’s a great place to start.” I smiled inwardly. I...
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February 27, 2015
When I teach meditation to beginners, I usually tell them that the act of closing our eyes is powerful, because we’re setting an intention to let go of the desire for constant stimulation in an effort bring our attention inward and listen. Our joint...
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December 15, 2014
During the holiday season, please take some time off to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and friends.
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August 16, 2014
We crave stories of kindness. How else can you explain why a photo of a grocery store worker tying an elderly man's shoelace goes viral?
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August 8, 2014
Having conversations about Israel and Palestine is fraught, to say the least. (Jon Stewart nailed it the other week.) I find myself experiencing different kinds of quick reactions to articles, Facebook posts, invitations to attend demonstrations and...
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August 5, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August.
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May 1, 2014
Human Journey, an initiative of Desmond Tutu, is challenging us to use the month of May to ingrain our forgiveness practice.
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March 11, 2014
Many people confuse kindness and love with co-dependency and giving-in, and fear that being kind would mean allowing others to hurt or harm you or others.  The reality is that wisdom leads to discernment, which means that kindness is used in...
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February 21, 2014
The theme of this week of the 28-day meditation challenge is lovingkindness, and what better way to get the metta flowing than to talk about what to do when we've missed a day of meditation and want to throw the whole practice out the window?
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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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September 25, 2013
What do you wish you had known about love when you were 20 years old? This was the question that popped up in my inbox a few days ago, thanks to the Radical Self Love Letters from Gala Darling (I love this woman!).
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August 31, 2013
Today is the last day of IDP's Heavy Metta Month, in which members of the community committed to practicing lovingkindness meditation for every day in the month of August. Time to move on. Or not.
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August 24, 2013
In most frameworks, metta -- or lovingkindness -- is taught as the first of the Four Immeasurable Qualities. As Buddhism is endlessly open to interpretation, there is another way to look at it. Patrul Rinpoche, in "Words of My Perfect Teacher," says...
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August 19, 2013
I feel that my love does not have to remain within the limitations of my own life or body. I imagine that if I am no longer in the world, my love could still be present. I want to place my love on the moon and let the moon hold my love. Let the moon...
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August 5, 2013
George Saunders, a creative writing professor at Syracuse University, gave a commencement speech with a simple message: Be kind. After it was printed last week in the New York Times, the speech went viral, demonstrating that people are aching to...
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August 3, 2013
Metta, the first of the Buddha's Four Immeasurable Qualities, is a Pali word generally translated as lovingkindness (or loving-kindness). Why isn't it just love? What's kindness got to do with it?
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August 2, 2013
  One day a group of the Buddha’s monks were practicing meditation in the forest when suddenly they began to see these creepy-looking tree creatures gyrating about and making spooky sounds. It scared the hell out of them, so they went to their...
by Joren
August 2, 2013
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August 1, 2013
IDP's month-long Metta Meditation Marathon begins today.   Ethan* and I came up with the idea in June, as a way for our community to connect with each other during August, a time when many are traveling and on vacation.   For 30...
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July 21, 2013
Metta, one and all! May you be happy, healthy, safe, and at ease! Also, guess what? Come on, guess. If you need a hint, take a look at the title. Now, guess. That’s right! We now have an IDP – Pets group on Facebook.
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June 25, 2013
When we practice metta for someone, can it have an effect ON that person? I spent the weekend reflecting on and practicing lovingkindness meditation (metta) at the IDP Immersion weekend, and this question came up. My initial impulse was to say no...
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