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Obol

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Metta or Anapanasati
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:03:57 PM »
I'm wondering whether to switch my practise to primarily metta, whereas it has been primarily samatha (anapanasati) up to this point. I've had quite good results with the anapanasati, and I find metta to be rather difficult, so I'm reluctant to exchange the one for the other.

I realise the question is somewhat redundant, seeing as metta is a samatha practice, and is purifying anyway, but the reason I'm wondering whether to switch is that I have a deep rooted anger in my character. If I'm prone to a defilement it's anger. I also have quite a controlled personality (read: unemotional), partially because of the need to control this anger, but also partly just by nature. I'm thinking that a prolonged metta practice might melt away some of the anger and predispose me to be more open in general.

What do you guys think? Can one effectively combine metta with anapanasati?

Re: Metta or Anapanasati
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 08:28:25 AM »
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I'm wondering whether to switch my practise to primarily metta

one must not practice only metta. Samatha practice is the fundamental.

Metta is like a Coke in a Mc.D meal. You fill your stomach from burger not by coke. Coke is to wash down the burger...

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Re: Metta or Anapanasati
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 07:11:22 PM »
What do you guys think? Can one effectively combine metta with anapanasati?

Yes. Dropping Anapanasati or Shamatha practice will lessen the effectiveness of Metta practice in transforming the mind.
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Re: Metta or Anapanasati
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 10:08:07 AM »
Ok. So both metta and anapanasati. Thanks guys.

Metta before or after?

Re: Metta or Anapanasati
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 02:39:34 PM »
after. Its very hard to practice before removing the junk....

 

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