Lovingkindness is the companion to insight practice in the cultivation of the Buddhist concept of wisdom–insight provides Right Understanding, while lovingkindness supports Right Intention. In this guided meditation, Peter offers a slightly different mantra for accessing the internal benevolent energy we call love. There is an accompanying mp3 file entitled “Guided Radiant Lovingkindness Meditation” that provides support for expressing lovingkindness out into the world.
This is the first of two dialogues about the Wisdom aggregate of the Noble Eightfold Path, continuing to explore the relevance of traditional Buddhist psychology to modern scientific and psychological insights. Tonight’s discussion emphasized Right Understanding as “clear awareness” of the three characteristics: impermanence, dissatisfaction, and non-self, as well as the realization of the reality of karma, that is, for every effect there’s a cause. Next week’s discussion will emphasize Right Intention as “benevolent intention”, focusing on how urgency is felt and managed to manifest Wisdom.