Reverend Mother Maitri Libellule on The Maitri Ministry (based on the Buddhist teaching of maitri...) I was ordained in the first days of January and am creating a worldwide interfaith ministry called “The Maitri Ministry.” I took the name, Maitri, legally almost 4 years ago, as a beacon, a light, to guide me on my path throughout life. The ministry is named, not after me, but after the teaching that I follow and hope to spread around the world. Below is a wonderful quote for those who are not familiar with the Buddhist teaching of maitri…
“The Buddhist understanding of the word maitri might be of help for us to become aware of the broad and the profound meaning of “interreligious dialogue.” Maitri (metta) in Buddhism means “loving kindness, aspiration for the well-being and happiness of all living beings, including friends and foes, those who are feeble or strong, tall, medium, or short, big or small, seen or unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born and those who are to be born. The thoughts of the boundless love should pervade the whole world, above, below, and across. There should be no place for hatred or for enmity. As a mother would protect her child at the risk of her life, one should cultivate a boundless loving heart for everybody. Identification of oneself with all living-beings is the culminating point of loving kindness” (Kala Acharya, Buddhanusmrti, Somaiya Public, 2002, p. 167).”
From Archbishop Felix Machado
on the Buddhist teaching of “maitri”
as used in an interfaith ministry.
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