1Sarah R = "We find peace in God when we are in right relationship with Him through Jesus. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6,7"
2Ben N = "The Pali word "metta" has a broad meaning which is difficult to translate to English. It means peace, good will, loving-kindness... all of these and more. Thus, the "Metta Prayer" is a prayer of blessing and good will for all beings."
4David Zuniga PhD MDIV MA = "Thanks Sarah for posting this. Metta is generally translated from the Pali as "lovingkindness" or "goodwill." Variations of this reflection are sacred in Buddhism, and popular in interfaith settings, and I use variations of the Metta Sutta as a prayer of sorts when I'm in interfaith settings. This reflection is derived from the Karaniya Metta Sutta in the Pali Canon and contains this lovely passage: "As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings." That's a well known and sacred passage in Buddhism, kind of like the Sermon on the Mount in Christianity. Conversely, that passage I quote does raise the ethical question how far do we cultivate sacrifice to others? Do we literally "cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings"? Do we favor some beings over others and is that always bad? Thanks for sharing this post. It generated a lot of positive emotions and some reflection for me. Warmly, David"
5Ben N = "The goal of Buddhist practice, and perhaps the highest aim of human existence, is to be free from the delusion of the ego, the separate self, and awaken to our true nature, the Buddha Nature, which is the Ultimate Reality, the soul of the universe."
6Sarah R = "John 8:31-32,34-3631 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”... “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.""