Ajahn Jayasaro, Metta Meditation and Dhammapada

 

With an image of liberation as the goal
the wise abandon darkness and cherish light,
leave petty security behind
and seek freedom from attachment.
To pursue such release is difficult and rare,
yet the wise will seek it,
detaching themselves from obstructions,
purifying heart and mind.

The Buddha offers images that illustrate the goal, uplifting and supporting us in our effort to let go of that which obstructs and limits us. If we hold too tightly to the images, we may lose perspective on the here and now element of the journey; instead of actually doing the practice, we are imagining it. If we fail to give right emphasis to the goal, we may become lost in the distraction
of sense objects – agreeable and disagreeable. The pursuit of true freedom is difficult but consider how much suffering comes if we don’t practise.
With wise reflection we find we can endure the dark and difficult times. When the light returns,we cherish it and discover how to love truth more fully.

Metta, or loving-kindness, as a meditation object and as a quality of the heart, that can be developed. If video does not appear Click Here 

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