limitless love

limitless love

In buddhism and specially in mahayana buddhism – well not only mahayana actually, buddhism we talk about metta, karuna. But this kind of love taught in buddhism is what we call limitless love. Some of you who are familiar with the buddhist concept of four limitless thoughts you will know. In fact love is the first thing out of four limitless practice we are introduced. And the definition of the love is wishing all sentient beings to be happy and not only to be happy but to have the sense of gathering the cause of happiness. And such kind of love is aimed at all sentient beings. Therefore the object is limitless. Such kind of love has no personal agenda. So from the intention point of view it is limitless. Such kind of love is not aimed at acquiring happiness in the sense of you know mundane happiness. But this kind of love is really aimed at true happiness which is enlightenment or in other words to awaken from net of delusion. So it is limitless, it is not limited as how we – the ordinary concept of love.

Love and Relationships, Singapore April 2012 (podcast 18)