Awakening the Mind with Metta

Ajahn Viradhammo has tea with the community and reflects the true quality of Theravada Buddhism: “Reflective as opposed to an absolute teaching”. Furthermore, he goes on to give another perspective of Metta which can sometimes be wrongly described as “emotional”. He describes instead Metta as a factor for enlightenment, a “fundamental component of the awakened mind”. There is the Metta which we practice thinking of our families, our friends, our community and wishing them well, wishing them happiness. This is done from the perspective of “you and I”. However, here, Ajahn Viradhammo describes Metta as a universal acceptance of things as they are: “It all belongs”.

(Q&A recorded at Tisarana on 28 May 2018. Duration 1:07:08)