Nowhere among Mahayana practices is concern for other beings expressed more"Formal Practice: Buddhist or Christian" - Buddhist-Christian Studies 22 (2002)
clearly than in the metta practice of loving kindness in Theravada Buddhism. One
begins with a focus upon the self:May I be free from danger.Metta then is directed to those near and dear—may they be free from danger, and so on—then to those about whom one feels neutral, then to enemies, and so on to all beings. Under the guidance of a seasoned teacher, the resistance one feels to this compassionate practice is faced squarely and allowed to wither and disappear.
May I have mental happiness.
May I have physical happiness.
May I have the ease of well-being. 8
8) Sharon Salsberg, Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Boston: Sham-
bhala, 1995), p. 32.