Questions and Answers (Q&A)Posted by webmaster 2007-09-04 15:21:01Posted for Marie-Christine:
Wondering about what this circle does, for everyone, not only for the one's on the receivinglist, but also for the ones who bring in people's names to recite for. I feel lucky, gratefull, yes really blessed, to have my name on both lists.
What I am wondering now is this: most of the names are brought in without the family name, without initials: most of the time we mention only the first name and country of the ones whom we recite for. This gives to me a notion of conscious anonymity. Do we consider something delicate here, even secret? If yes, what is it, that is so delicate, secret ( or should I say: sacred? )
Questions and Answers (Q&A)Posted by Jivanjili 2007-08-29 17:05:11
The Buddha's Words on Kindness (Metta Sutra)
This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.