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Here's a great, down to earth yet thoroughly uplifting talk on 'Metta' or 'Loving Kindness' by the excellent Vajrapriya. Complete with a lovely introduction and summary by the similarly splendid Jnanavaca.
This was given on the Padmaloka men's weekend event in January 2008.
|1.||Who Vajrapriya is and what his name means (3:13)|
|2.||The panther is right behind you - Ways of looking at metta (3:59)|
|3.||The 5 members of the buddha family- their positive and negative aspects; a) the mirrorlike Vajra-family (4:37)|
|4.||b) The generous Ratna-family - jewelborn, wishfulfilling and sunny (1:19)|
|5.||c) The red Padma-family, warm and loving (1:37)|
|6.||d) Amoghasiddhi - the green Buddha and head of the Karma-family; the 'Action' Buddha (3:32)|
|7.||e) Vairochana - the white, the central Buddha, spacious head of the whole buddha family (2:39)|
|8.||'Metta'-physical - a different model of Metta, Vajrapriya's personal ways to work with patterns (3:13)|
|9.||The fear of suspending all judgements and criticism, the distorted mirror still thinks it is objective (4:25)|
|10.||Techniques to work with patterns; a) mindfulness and awareness, learn from your inner responses and reactions (5:26)|
|11.||b) Metta-bhavana, a laboratory of awareness, finding out where metta flows easily and if there are any blocks (5:04)|
|12.||c) Conscious appreciation and rejoicing, noticing the positive aspects of the people around you (1:36)|
|13.||d) What causes hatred. The short buddhist answer is dukkha, grasping dukkha as dukkha (5:04)|
|14.||e) Loving what is, dukkha as part of being human, to make the imperfect perfect it is enough to love it (3:33)|
|15.||f) The final technique, negative mental states as a failure of perspective; to understand is to forgive (3:04)|
|16.||Let the heart and mind be as spacious as possible, summary of the talk, the kinesthetic essence- open up, be spacious (2:49)|
|17.||One more practice- puja - open up to a larger reality, applause and gratitude (2:42)|
Total running time: 57:52