Definition of metta in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtə/


[mass noun]
(In Theravada Buddhism) meditation focused on the development of unconditional love for all beings.
Example sentences
  • Manjushri's wisdom is good, but until it's opened up emotionally with the great love - the great metta - that Vimalakirti evokes, there's something incomplete about it.
  • Love, or metta, is there because we feel goodwill in that moment toward the person who is receiving; we feel a sense of oneness with them, rather than alienation.
  • The Buddhist counterpart of unconditional positive regard is loving-kindness (maitri in Sanskrit, metta in Pali).


From Pali mētta 'loving-kindness'.

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