What is Maitrī?

In Sanskrit, maitrī (मैत्री) simply means friendship. The deeper, more nuanced meaning is a full and total acceptance of your self so that you think and act from a new core of authenticity. In the ancient traditions, this new understanding is the ascension to self-knowledge—a much much vaunted state of being in which you are no longer affected by the ordinary vicissitudes of life. Traditional cultures have special terms for this quality, such as satori in Zen Buddhism, fana in islam, pneuma in Christianity, jñãnam in Hinduism, and so on. The immediate benefits of this ascendent state of consciousness are clarity of mind and certitude of action so that you can be a better parent, leader, student, teacher, or simply a more successful and happier human being.

The mettā way

The Pali word mettā means to care and wish well for all beings without judging them; to accept them without necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with them; and sharing with them without wanting anything from them in return. The mettā way is non-competitive cooperation without prejudice. It is accepting the wisdom of all cultures, religions, and civilisations without bias—for they contain the wealth of human knowledge which is ours by collective birthright.

The ancients gave us many maps to seek out their wisdom and they have hidden the clues to deciphering them in plain sight. It is up us to connect the dots and adjust our path. The mettā way then seeks to make associations, connect the old with the new, and give you the tools you need to make deep personal change. We hope you will join us on this journey.

Who am I?

I’m Myron (say hello on Twitter) and I created Maitrī to share better ways of living by breaking habitual ways of thinking. 

If you want to know a little more about me, I waffle on here 🙂.

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