Maitrī

Buddhist term meaning "loving-kindness" / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Maitrī (Sanskrit; Pali: mettā) means benevolence,[1] loving-kindness,[2][3] friendliness,[3][4] amity,[4] good will,[5] and active interest in others.[4] It is the first of the four sublime states (Brahmaviharas) and one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism.

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Translations of
Mettā
EnglishLoving-kindness, benevolence
Sanskritमैत्री
(IAST: maitrī)
Palimettā
Burmeseမေတ္တာ
(MLCTS: mjɪʔ tà)
Chinese
(Pinyin: )
Japanese
(Rōmaji: ji)
Khmerមេត្តា
(UNGEGN: métta)
Korean
(RR: ja)
Sinhalaමෛත්‍රිය
TagalogMaitli
Thaiเมตตา
(RTGS: metta)
Vietnamesetừ
Glossary of Buddhism
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The cultivation of benevolence (mettā bhāvanā) is a popular form of Buddhist meditation.[6]:318–319 It is a part of the four immeasurables in Brahmavihara (divine abidings) meditation.[6]:278–279 Metta as "compassion meditation" is often practiced in Asia by broadcast chanting, wherein monks chant for the laity.[6]:318–319

The compassion and universal loving-kindness concept of metta is discussed in the Metta Sutta of Buddhism, and is also found in the ancient and medieval texts of Hinduism and Jainism as metta or maitri.[7]

Small sample studies on the potential of loving-kindness meditation approach on patients[clarification needed] suggest potential benefits.[8][9] However, peer reviews question the quality and sample size of these studies.[10][11]

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