Definition of metta in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘You say metta, loving-kindness practice for your boss repeatedly, day after day with no goal, except to release your own heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fuengsin was fulsome in metta (loving kindness).’
    • ‘The Buddha called this kind of love metta, which is not identical to what we call love.’
    • ‘At the retreat, I suggested the possibility of including in our metta even those involved in acts of violence and aggression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's why we have metta for other beings - loving kindness.’
    • ‘The Buddhist counterpart of unconditional positive regard is loving-kindness (maitri in Sanskrit, metta in Pali).’
    • ‘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 don't have to make an effort to practice metta, loving-kindness.’


From Pali mētta ‘loving-kindness’.