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A Personal Take On Metta Practice

by Jvalamalini

Jvalamalini, as part of the 2015 Rainy Season Retreat on the Brahma Viharas, gives a very personal and helpful take on the metta bhavana (loving kindness) practice, recounting her history with it and the kinds of areas she has worked with over the years in order to learn to love herself and others as deeply as she can.

That work is both extraordinary and everyday, and the fruits of it is named beautifully as simply the ability to go deeper with the practice itself.

This talk is part of the series Brahma Viharas - Bristol Retreat 2015.

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1. A reading on metta from the Itivuttaka (1:50) 
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2. An initial experience of vision; vision and its relationship to volition (2:26) 
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3. Early efforts at metta practice, fantasy and willed effort (1:28) 
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4. Staying in touch with the heart; working with what is there (2:36) 
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5. Big emotions; working with love that wants something back; wanting to be special (2:16) 
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6. Sifting through a mix of emotions around love (2:26) 
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7. Bringing metta to bits ourselves that seem unacceptable; the end of a marriage (3:17) 
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8. The boundlessness of metta; exploring its nature without circumference or limit (3:15) 
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9. Metta as quite ordinary and everyday; the fruits of practice are the ability to practise (2:18) 
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10. Caring for different aspects of ourselves; inner housewife, little girl within, wild woman (1:20) 
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11. Affecting others through metta practice; the sangha blazing forth; more from the Itivuttaka (1:47) 


Total running time: 24:59

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