Tales of Munindra: “Be Happy, Be Peaceful, Be Liberated”
by Mark Chmiel
for Chris Wallach
Sometimes the loving-kindness he intoned emanated in such a compelling way that, as Lynne Bousfield says, “you just got hit by the metta.” David Hopkins recalls such an experience at Dhamma Giri when he and a friend were ready to leave after a retreat: “Munindra stood there and said, ‘Be happy, be peaceful, be liberated.’ He had his hand up and I could see he was like telegraphing it with his palm. He gave us this blast of metta that lasted the whole train ride to Bombay.”
—Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra, edited by Mirka Knaster
Munindra was a Bengali Buddhist who taught, among many others, Dipa Ma, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg.
Metta = loving-kindness