The practice of Metta has always been at the heart of Bhante Mahinda’s teaching of the Buddha Dhamma.
Inspired by the real-life experience in the efficacy of the practice of Metta throughout Bhante Mahinda’s teaching life, Aloka Foundation initiated the first-ever round-the-clock chanting relay of the Karaniya Metta Sutta – the Buddha’s discourse on loving-kindness – on 31 December 2011 to usher the new year of 2012.
The initiative aspired to harness the collective consciousness of loving-kindness from all participants and dedicate them to world peace, harmony, and stability.
Twenty-seven Buddhist organisations and groups from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor took turns to chant Karaniya Metta Sutta on-site for one hour throughout the 24-hour, while seven organisations and groups from Australia and the states of Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and Johor in Malaysia participated remotely via audio-visual link-up.
The Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM) co-organised 24Hr Metta with Aloka Foundation at the BMSM Samadhi Vihara from 2012, and since then thousands of Dhamma friends from various organisations around the world have been illuminating the world with Metta, practising Metta meditation and chanting Karaniya Metta Sutta or relevant suttas and/or mantras non-stop over 24 hours during the last weekend of the year the past nine years.
Sponsored by well-wishers the world over, 10,000 lights were lighted and offered annually for world peace, harmony and stability.
This year, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of 24Hr Metta on 26 – 27 December 2020 under extraordinary circumstances due to the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. This also makes the annual gathering to practise and radiate Metta all the more important, relevant, and meaningful.
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