Maitrī (मैत्री) means friendship in Sanskrit. Buddhism reserves a special place for this word in its cannon and within its practice. Here it is the process of cultivating a healthy attitude towards the inner struggles and conflicts of the mind. It means an unconditional acceptance of all that arises from within and without. When we begin to look with compassion upon our fears and insecurities, we are closer to that direct experience with the world that such self-knowledge discloses to us.
What we do
Our little publication gathers the most important ideas from both sides of the cultural divide and across time. We run a newsletter and a podcast through Substack. We also produce books and things here and at our Amazon shop. Our store helps us fund our writing and meet the expenses of keeping this site up and running.
loving+kindness was borne out of the idea of facilitating a solitary or solivagant meditation practice by using simple verbal cues to keep us on track. We know that without a definite goal, the mind is apt to wander and so we end up doing more harm than good. Buddhism, Vedanta, and the entire Western spiritual canon give us valuable insight into ourselves and prescribe modes of behaviour. What we found particularly useful was to help us recall the key concepts . Once you have read or been taught something, you don’t need to go back and re-read or re-learn it. Insights come when you look at knowledge from multiple points of view and take it apart so that you can put it back for you. But though the gentle reminders collected here are meant to bring greater acceptance towards your thoughts as they arise, they are also universal truths—the verities of life—that do bring peace and happiness into our lives.
Each reminder is accompanied by a cue card that encapsulates the thought in terms of simple equivalences.
Who we are
Maitri is entirely built and run by me, Myron, from my home away from home in New Zealand. Building this, here, now, is the culmination of journeys past and the start of a journey new. If you like what you have read, I’d love to hear from you by email.