“Meditation of Loving Kindness” is a new term for those who have just entered the Buddha’s door, learning Buddhist teachings. But of course, it has existed and lived with Zen practitioners for thousands of years from when the Buddha first became enlightened until now.
April returns again, the streets of Hanoi are covered with red national flags all over the streets to celebrate the day the country re-establishes peace and reunifies the country. Gently put your hand on your chest, how proud you are to be a Vietnamese child. Immersed in that exciting atmosphere, people invite each other to the streets, festivals, or long trips to enjoy this meaningful vacation. Meanwhile, a few of our friends also found a cozy space with a cup of tea with fragrant incense, and placed a few selected books to share. Most of them have similar titles such as: Getting Rich from Stocks, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Big Trades, Smart Investor, etc. Handyly flipping through the pages I discovered, the contents Most of the books are about the fastest way to make money. It is true that in the midst of the development of society, it seems that money is considered a special factor affirming an individual’s position, of course everyone is looking for a way to make money as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Then, people rush into the game and forget about the beautiful spiritual values. Fortunately, among those books, I suddenly came across a book with a very meditative and Buddhist title: Meditation on Loving Kindness: The Art of Nurturing Happiness by Zen master Bhante Sujiva by Dai Dai. Translated by Duc Thich Nguyen Tu. My mind broke down, is this the book that I want to find in the middle of this quiet space?
The opening page of the book is an introduction by Venerable Thich Quang Lam: “The Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh once taught his students: “The most important lesson in life is the lesson of love”. And the lesson of love here is “metta” that the Buddha often preached to the masses when he was still alive. Loving-kindness (metta citta) is not love between men, women, or family, but loving-kindness is compassion for all sentient beings, unconditional love, peace, equality, and non-attachment. respectful, unselfish, non-discriminatory, and not limited by anything.” Just a few brief introduction lines, but immediately aroused our curiosity about this work. And on that very day, our friends had the opportunity to come into contact with a very practical book on Zen when the world out there was full of chaos.
Perhaps, “Meditation of Loving Kindness” is a new term for those who have just entered the Buddha’s door, learning Buddhist teachings. But of course, it has existed and lived with Zen practitioners for thousands of years from when the Buddha first became enlightened until now. Digging deeper, the book Spreading Loving Kindness Meditation: The Art of Nurturing Happiness really brings a lot of practical benefits, when applied in daily life, for those who really want to aim at these values. authentic life.
And there, I encountered an endless source of inspiration about the wonderful art of living: “Metta crosses the barrier of love – hate, love – hate, friend – enemy, good – bad, radiating energy. Freshness soothes the pain of the body, quenches the wrath of the mind, sows the seeds of goodness so that they can sprout and bear fruit. Loving-kindness can also blow away the seeds of goodness in all directions, allowing them to sprout, flower, and bear fruit. Loving-kindness can also blow away all the dust of ignorance, spread understanding and love to everyone and all species, so that the light of compassion creeps into hearts that are being tormented and suffering; to warm the unfortunate souls”. Experiencing the hurried years in a rapidly developing world, we young people sometimes forget to recharge our own souls. We roam around looking for ways to get rich, as well as always compare with others about our level of success in society, see who does what, how big is the house? Which famous car company ride? Sometimes, because of competing for benefits, we forget about precious relationships. At this time, when holding in hand the book Meditation on Spreading Compassion: The Art of Nurturing Happiness, I feel as if I have just heard a sacred prayer, awakening the sleeping heart amidst countless troubles for so long.
Although it is a translated book, the lyrics are poetic, with the skillful pen of a professional translator. The translator took the reader to cool off in a river of sweet and passionate writing. In addition to conveying the basic teachings of Theravada Buddhism, The Meditation of Loving Kindness also guides the charming readers on Vipassana meditation methods, the right time and place to meditate. For those who are new to meditation, this is perhaps the most practical lesson. At the same time, the book explains and conveys the content of forgiveness meditation, rejoicing meditation, and acceptance meditation. But the special feature of Loving Kindness Meditation is that it is the method of developing loving-kindness and how to spread this meditation method to each object, and when in a group, the pictorial description of how to spread the mind. word to a group that made the book come alive: “Being home to reunite with family is a happy and extremely meaningful thing, because that place has the presence of our loved ones. ta. However, living together for a long time, because of more or less collisions in life, sometimes it is a tiring thing… There are some couples just because of their personal ego, but sometimes The party begins to blame the other and leads to the result that everyone goes their separate ways. At this time, loving-kindness will be very useful to the two of them, if they know how to generate metta and maintain that state for a long time.”
In relationships, we often talk to each other, everyone has equal rights, but I remember the best quote in the book as follows: “Every person is equal, but some people will be more equal” . According to Zen Master Bhante Sujiva, this statement is not contrary to the principle of human rights at all, but it helps us to clearly know the truth about human rights as they are. Thanks to that, we can make positive changes to make this life better. Any relationship takes time to develop, moreover, connecting is not easy, trust and trust also need to be built slowly over time. And in order to spread loving-kindness to people, we first need to have time to connect with them. On page 277 of the book Loving Kindness Meditation: The Art of Nurturing Happiness, the author introduces 15 types of virtues mentioned in the suttas and their correlation with Loving Kindness Meditation, including: competence, straightforwardness. frank, very frank, flexible, pliable, humble, contented, easy to nurture, single-mindedly focused on, minimalist, pure in the six senses, mature, not rude, not attached to life worldly, and it is not easy to commit any of the petty mistakes that the wise have rebuked.
Although the book emphasizes on nourishing food for the soul by practicing Loving Kindness Meditation, by practicing Vipassana meditation, at the same time, Zen master Bhante Sujiva also believes that we should not take things lightly. The most important thing is how to survive in today’s materialistic society. And “even if he attains Nirvana, he still needs food and supplies”. Reading this far, we are reminded of the following verses from the Zhuan Falun Sutra:
“Hey disciples! There are two extremes that monastics should give up: enjoying worldly sensory pleasures, lowly, unworthy of holy conduct, and practicing asceticism, torturing the body, which is suffering, is completely useless , not worthy of holiness. By abandoning these two extremes, the Tathagata discovers the Middle Way, which can bring vision, knowledge, lead to peace, sublime wisdom, absolute enlightenment, and peaceful Nirvana. That middle path is the Noble Eightfold Path: right vision, right thinking, right speech, right action, right career, righteous diligence, righteous thoughts, right concentration.”
Similarly, our body needs vitamins, so does the soul need energy, as well as choosing the right path for life. Therefore, books with a Middle Way vision will bring true and meaningful life values. As in the thank you section, the translator wrote the following: “Meditation of Loving Kindness is present as an art of nurturing happiness for oneself and others in the most mysterious way. Loving Kindness Meditation is likened to the raindrops of orange blossom that help the parched land to sprout and revive life, the dawn that dispels the dark night, the medicine that cures all anger and anger. an… Maybe that’s why, when I held the work in my hand, my heart was filled with peaceful and happy energy. True to the title of the book, Meditation on Spreading Compassion has infused us with new nutrients compared to other applied books on the same shelf.
For those who want to improve and build a better relationship, perhaps this book will be the wonderful gift that Vinh Nghiem International Center for Buddhist Translation and Translation in general, and Venerable Thich Nguyen Tu. In particular, I want to give it to Buddhist children on the occasion of the Buddha’s Birthday, the 2566th Buddhist calendar. Really grateful for the good causes that have helped young people access Buddhist works containing such high applicability. And really, I really want to spread the content of the book Meditation on Loving Kindness: The Art of Nurturing Happiness to everyone.
In addition to the topics discussed above, the page also contains many good things, a food for the soul that needs to be supplemented, knowing that the book is published…