42 Imagining Loving-Kindness for Oneself

04 May 2011

Alan Wallace guides us through the immeasurable of loving-kindness, leading us to imagine our own happiness both on a hedonic and a deeper level.

The guided meditation begins at 9:50 in the recording.

He then answers the following questions from the group:

1. Can you elaborate on the use of imagery to stabilize meditation?

2. Almost every evening you say “Let your awareness descend into the body as your first act of loving-kindness.” My question is, where is the awareness, and is it a cultural dysfunction that it isn’t with us?

3. When doing the stretching exercise in awareness of awareness, we go in many directions (left, right, up, down) but not forwards and backwards. Why?

4. In the same practice, why, when we come back after stretching in one direction, does our awareness “release” instead of returning the way it came?

5. I’m always flummoxed when we do a loving-kindness meditation like today, and you ask us to ask for what we want and need. I feel I have everything I want and need, and I see how others live with so much less, so I don’t want to ask for more.

6. Is our dreaming awareness different from our waking awareness?

Download (MP3 / 43 MB)

Transcript

This lecture does not have a text transcript. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer to assist our transcription team.

Discussion

Ask questions about this lecture on the Buddhism Stack Exchange or the Students of Alan Wallace Facebook Group. Please include this lecture’s URL when you post.