How To Develop Metta (loving-kindness) – Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw (eng)

How to Develop Metta (Loving-Kindness)

By Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw

Foreword by Author

In 2006, Mr. Chan Pooi Hoong, then president of Bodhiyarama of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, approached me with a special request. He told me that after reading my metta book, he became so interested in the practice of metta meditation that he wanted to organize a metta retreat. On June 2, 2007, we started the metta retreat at 8:00 o clock in the evening. There were twenty yogis who wanted to practice metta meditation for about fifteen days. During this period, I gave a Dhamma talk every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, we had discussions and questions about metta practice. Everyone practiced metta quite diligently. As a result, most yogis experienced the sweet cool taste of metta. Some yogis even experienced quite strong feelings of metta. One of the twenty yogis said that after developing metta, when he opened his eyes, all the beings he heard and saw seemed to be so kind and lovely. He described how he was filled with love for everyone. The he asked me to please come back and teach another metta retreat the following year in Malaysia. 

After the metta retreat in Malaysia, we went to Singapore at the invitation of the Firely Mission. Here the virtous people of Singapore requested that I give a talk on how to practice metta meditation. During the ten days we stayed in Singapore, I gave several Dhamma talks on the topic of metta. On several occasions, there was also enough time for the practical application of the instructions, and so meditators had the opportunity to practice metta. 

As a result of these experiences, I have come to the conclusion that nowadays many yound people are also interested in the practice of metta meditation. Consequently, I decided to write a book that describes how to develop loving-kindness so that these young people and other interested persons will have a thorough understanding of how to develop metta. So, these are the reasons and circumstances that let to the writing of this book, “How to Develop Metta”. The book’s intention is to help any virtuous person who is interested in the practice of metta meditation. However, this book doesn’t cover all aspects of metta practice. 

May all of you be able to understand and develop metta. May each of you become virtous and be able to lead a happy and peaceful life. 

Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw

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