Maitri Bhavana Practice

January 31st

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  • $5.00 Suggested donation
Room: Main Shrineroom

Maitri Bhavana is a meditation on loving kindness that is practiced for those who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally. The Sanskrit word maitri means friendliness, or loving-kindness, while bhavana means virtue or quality.

So maitri bhavana is the practice of expanding loving-kindness without limits, or unlimited friendliness. It cultivates our compassion through taking on the sense of suffering of others, provides an opportunity to share our health with them, and acknowledges our deep interconnectedness.

To explicitly include a relative or friend who is seriously ill in this practice, you may add their names to the list on the Community Room bulletin board. You should include someone because you feel a personal concern for their suffering, such as a relative dying of cancer or suffering from Parkinson’s or serious mental illness. (It would not be appropriate, for example, to include someone who has the flu or a sprained ankle.) Be sure to include both the name of the individual as well as the illness.

“In this practice we share health with other people—in fact, all sentient beings. It involves developing a sense of immense generosity and being willing to suffer for others. One’s own personal gain and achievement could be shared—in fact, given up.”

– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche