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Introducing "Metta," a Celebration of Wisdom for the Heart

By Sam Littlefair

Sam Littlefair

In these troubled times, we're pleased to announce this series of teachings and stories that encourage us to meet the suffering of the world with the wisdom of loving-kindness.

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Illustration by Tomi Um.

What does the world need, right now?

How about: loving-kindness, friendliness, and goodwill. These are all qualities evoked by the ancient Buddhist word metta.

That's why we chose the word "metta" as the name for our new project, a celebration of the Buddhist teachings on loving-kindness. Over the coming months, this microsite will serve as a vehicle for teachings and articles on the subject of goodwill, generosity, and compassion. We're hoping you'll bookmark the homepage, and come back whenever you need some inspiration for the heart.

We live in a time of existential anxiety and hardship. The Buddhist teachings on metta show us that we all have a bottomless font of inspiration within, which can be accessed at any time. On this site you'll find lots of practices for accessing that wisdom — like metta, maitri, tonglen, and mindfulness-awareness. You'll also read helpful teachings and touching personal stories. Altogether, we hope everyone who visits will find a touch-point to help us alleviate suffering in the world.

We're hoping to make Metta a community site, which is why it has a commenting function. We're hoping to keep conversation on Metta positive and engaged. If you'd like to join in the conversation, please observe our commenting policy.

This site is experimental, and we will continuously develop it over the coming months. We're not sure where it will go or how long it will exist — but we'd love your feedback. Your participation in this project will guide its evolution, so please let us know what you like about this site, and what you'd like to see here. You can contact us by email at [email protected], via our feedback form, or write to us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or in the comments below.