Lovingkindness as a Buddhist concept (metta in Pali, maitri in Sanskrit) is not an act of doing something nice: it is a state of being focused on compassion toward self and others that is cultivated and maintained by practice (often meditation) and is thought to be essential to freeing ourselves from suffering. It is the antidote to selfishness, anger, and fear. Lovingkindness is also a term used in Judaism (chesed) to refer to kindness between people, devotion toward God, and the love or mercy of God toward humanity.

Cultivate a Metta Mind: Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation (metta) challenges us to send love and compassion to the difficult people in our lives, including ourselves.

Be Kind to Yourself

You have enlightened nature, says Pema Khandro Rinpoche. If you truly know that, you’ll always be kind to yourself.

Cultivating Compassion

How to love yourself and others.

Open Your Heart Further

Pema Khandro Rinpoche on cultivating the boundless love of a bodhisattva.

The Buddhist Practice of Loving Kindness (Metta)

Loving-kindness is defined in English dictionaries as a feeling of benevolent affection, but in Buddhism, loving-kindness (in Pali, Metta; in Sanskrit, Maitri) is thought of as a mental state or attitude, cultivated and maintained by practice.

The Six Stages of Metta-Bhavana (Loving Kindness)

I have a love-hate relationship with the aphorism “happiness is a choice.” On the one hand, the saying has wonderful potential: it can speak to the power we could have (or already do have) to lift ourselves out of emotional quagmires.

When Goodwill Is Better Than Love: The Meaning of “Metta.”

You’ve likely heard of the concept of practicing lovingkindness, a common translation of the word metta. But what if metta and lovingkindness are not quite the same? How could that affect you?

The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta) as Taught by the Buddha in the Pali Canon

The word "love"—one of the most compelling in the English language—is commonly used for purposes so widely separated, so gross and so rarefied, as to render it sometimes nearly meaningless.

The Practice of Love

For many of us, opening our hearts to ourselves may be the hardest part of the path. John Welwood on how and why meditation helped him do it—unconditionally.

Expanding the Heart Practice

Expanding the heart brings great benefit for both ourselves and others. In this teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche advises each of us to develop big and broad hearts.