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Buddhist Mental Culture
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When Gotama told his disciples to identify themselves with others and to consciously think 'As I so they', he was teaching them to create an active mental force (miinasafTl) consisting ~of thoughts of mettii (Skt.: maitri), positive benevolence; and for disciples of certain temperament this probably constituted their first lesson in concentration, in the Buddha's system of yoga. I This particular exercise is called mettiibhiivanii, the mental development of kindness, and it is described as being of particular benefit to those persons who suffer from personal prejudices-which were to say that mettii might well be practised by all!