Two Questions on Intention and Metta

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Pablo . P, modified 7 Years ago.

Two Questions on Intention and Metta

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- Should intentions be noted as thoughts? That is, non-verbal decisions such as changing the focus of attention. E.g. that decisions may be triggered by pleasantness/un-pleasantness. I notice a lot of these intentions while sitting.

- Is Metta part of Consciousness? You can have metta sensations, metta feeling-tones, metta-emotions and metta-thoughts. But many yogis describe a deep sense of gratitude after obtaining paths. Is Metta only a fabrication of the mind, like Jhanas, or something to be unveiled as an ultimate feature of Consciousness/Void/Tao/Whatever?
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fivebells ., modified 7 Years ago.

RE: Two Questions on Intention and Metta

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Yes, it is important to note intentions. Stable attention is really only possible if you maintain appropriate intention.

Yes, Metta is a fabrication. However, it is one the mind naturally inclines to after first path, when the malleability of fabrications is understood, and Metta is seen as a pleasant and useful state of mind. I think this may be the reason it's presented as intrinsic to undefiled consciousness in Mahayana (at least the Tibetan Karma Kagyu Mahayana which I learned.)
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Pablo . P, modified 7 Years ago.

RE: Two Questions on Intention and Metta

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Great short answers Fivebells! Thank you very much.