Definition of metta in English:
(In Theravada Buddhism) meditation focused on the development of unconditional love for all beings.
- 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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