Upasika Kee Nanayon, shows us how to combine concentration and clear-seeing to penetrate the “mass of deceit” that is the mind.
We all want to be loved, yes, but our most heartfelt wish is to love, deeply and universally. If this seems like an unreachable ideal, says Thanissaro Bhikkhu, the place to start—and often the most skillful response—is the simple attitude of goodwill.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu explains what the Buddha actually said about metta, the phrase often translated as “lovingkindness.”
“Loving-kindness” is a common translation of the Pali word “metta.” But what if metta and lovingkindness are not quite the same?
From Thanissaro Bhikkhu, abbot of the Metta Forest Monastery, comes a new teaching about what the historical Buddha taught about gratitude.
“How can I ever repay you for your teaching?” Thanissaro Bhikkhu answers this common question: “By being intent on practicing.”
The Mahayana view of emptiness, says Thanissaro Bhikkhu, is too abstract and philosophical to be of much help in our everyday lives. Instead he offers a Theravada path of emptiness that starts with taking an honest look at our day-to-day actions and leads ultimately to enlightenment.
In measuring and prescribing human skills for a good life, lasting happiness requires that we carefully weigh the consequences of our actions.