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Mettā (Lovingkindness)

The Big Idea for Thursday, January 23, 2014

In today's lesson, part of a new 7-part Big Think Mentor workshop, Robert Thurman, Professor of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, explains that loving our enemies is really about making peace with ourselves. Instead of returning anger with anger, Thurman advocates the practice of lovingkindness, a translation of the Pali word mettā that is found in the original Buddhist texts. 

Thurman, along with the renowned Buddhist scholars and practitioner Sharon Salzberg, teaches how to manage both inner and outer enemies by way of love. 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 How to Drive Your Enemies Crazy
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 Sharon Salzberg: Kindness is No Weakness
    Sharon Salzberg
  3. 3 Good Guys Can Finish First
    Adam Grant In Their Own Words
  4. 4 Ai Weiwei: You Have To Look Your Enemy in the Face
    Ai Weiwei
 

Mettā (Lovingkindness)

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