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Meditation Practices: Metta Meditation / Loving-Kindness Prayer

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Questions Answered Here

  1. What language is the word “metta” from? What does it mean?
  2. How can you describe the intention of the word in a way that differentiates it from a feeling or wish that is passive in nature?
  3. How is the practice of metta different from trying to “be nice.”
  4. What is  Metta Meditation?
  5. For whom is the first round of the Loving-Kindness Prayer dedicated?
  6. For whom are successive rounds dedicated to?
  7. In Metta Meditation, what part of the body does the practitioner focus on?
  8. What four qualities of love are metta said to develop?
  9. What other benefits are said to result from Metta Meditation?
  10. What are some common issues that may arise during the practice? How might you respond to them?
  11. What are some variations on the practice?

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