Definition of metta in English:



mass noun
  • (in Theravada Buddhism) meditation focused on the development of unconditional love for all beings.

    • ‘The Buddha called this kind of love metta, which is not identical to what we call love.’
    • ‘The Buddhist counterpart of unconditional positive regard is loving-kindness (maitri in Sanskrit, metta in Pali).’
    • ‘That's why we have metta for other beings - loving kindness.’
    • ‘Love, or metta, is there because we feel goodwill in that moment toward the person who is receiving; we feel a sense of oneness with them, rather than alienation.’
    • ‘She was drawn back to Vipassana meditation, and a practice that Goenka introduced only at the end of Salzberg's first retreat: metta - loving-kindness’
    • ‘That is what metta has given me, this reassurance that of course we go through incredible periods of stress and pain, but if we hold on to our love of ourselves through it, we can come out the other side.’
    • ‘To learn about the radiating of metta to all beings with children, we have to tap into the store of knowledge accumulated by lay people and parents.’
    • ‘You say metta, loving-kindness practice for your boss repeatedly, day after day with no goal, except to release your own heart.’
    • ‘Manjushri's wisdom is good, but until it's opened up emotionally with the great love - the great metta - that Vimalakirti evokes, there's something incomplete about it.’
    • ‘Fuengsin was fulsome in metta (loving kindness).’
    • ‘You don't have to make an effort to practice metta, loving-kindness.’
    • ‘At the retreat, I suggested the possibility of including in our metta even those involved in acts of violence and aggression.’


From Pali mētta ‘loving-kindness’.