Higher Ideals: Daily Metta

“I set a high value on my experiments.” ~ Gandhi, Autobiography, p. 503

After the Buddha attained nirvana, it is said that he asked himself what he did, what he ate, what was his state of mind, that led to him at last to achieving that blessed state. If we set our eyes on a goal, we have to understand that all of our activities, thoughts, and words will lead us either toward or away from it. Not just the ones we want—all of them. The more we realize this, the more we see that all life is an experiment, a chain of cause and effect, which we can learn from and even attempt, with enough practice, to direct toward higher and higher ideals. Gandhi’s life and life’s work can show us that we can all conduct our life experiments with more conscious effort.

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Book cover imageStephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence.

Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide.

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