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.
Hello, I’m Myron and I started this newsletter initially as a way to collect and serialise my thoughts on humanity, what it means to be human, and on gaining some measure of self-knowledge. This new series of letters is a getting back to the roots of maitri by seeking out joy, kindness, and love in the words of others. I hope you will enjoy reading with me.