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Mettā (Lovingkindness)

The Big Idea for Friday, January 03, 2014

Lovingkindness, a translation of the Pali word mettā that is found in the original Buddhist texts, is not an abstract idea but rater a practice that allows us to appreciate that everyone, including our enemies, want to be happy. 

While kindness is often viewed as a sign of meekness, in today's lesson, meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg argues that kindness needs to be elevated as a strong virtue, one that can be "infused with wisdom, supported by courage, and threaded with balance."


  1. 1 Kindness: The Most Underrated Virtue
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Good Guys Can Finish First
    Adam Grant In Their Own Words
  3. 3 On Overcoming Vengeance
    Robert Thurman
  4. 4 The Web of Kindness: What Buddha Can Teach the Modern World
    Kadam Morten In Their Own Words

Mettā (Lovingkindness)

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