“Even by meeting someone’s eyes, we let go of where we are holding back.”
— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on How to Be Kind
Metta, from the Pali language of ancient India, is associated with a short Sutra or discourse in which the Buddha extols the virtues of kindness. Typically, the word Metta (Maitri in Sanskrit) translates as “Loving-Kindness” or “Friendliness”.
The Buddha’s description of kindness does not point to a moral obligation or address a fundamental fault—quite the opposite. Rather it is a question of what is natural on the journey to enlightenment. In the Buddhist tradition, it is by practicing kindness that we create the conditions for waking up to our inherent goodness and compassion.