A series of Dhamma talks by Venerable Mahinda on the Mangala Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on Life’s Highest Blessings. In the words of Venerable Mahinda, “The Mangala Sutta provides meaning and direction in our lives. It can help both the young and the old to avoid making mistakes in life that will cause suffering to ourselves and others. When we listen to or read the teachings, we will realise what we have done right and what mistakes we have made, and what we need to do to compensate for our negligence and shortcomings.”
“Parents should not think that they have finished their duties towards their children after sending them to universities and training in certain professions. That is only the worldly aspect of life. They need to inspire them to walk the Dhamma’s path and lead a more spiritual way of life by way of example… especially in this time of crises”.
Metta in Pali or Maitri in the Sanskrit language means loving-kindness or compassionate love. It is the wish for all sentient beings to be well and happy.
Metta is a great healing force. It promotes the development of virtues, such as compassion, altruistic joy, and equanimity. It also promotes patience, tolerance, gratitude and above all, a forgiving heart. Forgiveness is an important factor which helps in releasing certain emotional blockages due to grudges, remorse or guilt conscience.
Track 1: Guided Meditation on Metta & Mindfulness of Breathing <3.58MB> Track 2: Dhamma Talk – The practice and benefits of Metta <4.96MB> Track 3: Metta Sutta in Pali and English <2.04MB>
This booklet serves to provide information and instructions that will help to bring about the awakening of hearts. It includes a clear explanation of the theory and practice of metta, or loving-kindness, and how it should be applied in our daily lives, as well as when reaching out to serve others. It also explains how the practice of metta together with mindfulness leads to true freedom – freedom from all the manifestations of suffering that accompany the cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death.