About our Vision
Metta Centre envisions a world of peace. A world that cherishes what is good for our individual and communal happiness, and transforms what is not conducive to our long-term wellbeing. A world free from chaos and agitation, but one filled with goodwill and kindness towards oneself and all living beings.
Some may say that this goal is far-fetched, for “world peace” has been spoken about throughout the centuries, but still all around us we see poverty, war, injustice, and suffering. We may start to resign to believing that greed, hate and ignorance are intrinsic to our world, and any attempts to remove them will be futile.
Yet each of us are messengers of peace and love, and we have the opportunity to share this message with ourselves and other every single day. If you do not believe you can create peace in the world, then at least for your community. If not for your community, then at least for your family. If not for your family, then at least…for yourself.
We should not underestimate the power of our intention and our every day actions. Wars were started based on intentions and plans that passed through one person’s mind to many. Peace too have been gained through the intentions and wishes that passed through one person’s mind to the hearts of many.
With your mind, you make your world.
Our happiness and sorrow is not dependent on others and circumstances. It is our responsibility.
Metta Centre was founded on these principles as espoused by the Buddha. It is a place of individual and community practice. A place to heal ourselves from the past, to inspire us for the future, and most importantly, a place where we can learn to always be present for the most important time in our life: the present.
Metta Centre is our spiritual home. A home that is built on the foundation of the Buddha’s teachings, held up by the walls of the precepts, paved with the Noble Eightfold Path, protected by the roof of metta – of loving kindness – so that the door of the home is open to all regardless of one’s background, lineage, religion, and conventional markers of status.
I hope the change that we want to see in the world will shine through in our actions, our speech, in the way we live our lives, and in our whole being. Every day, we have 24 hours filled with opportunities to be kind, to be sincere, and to be the best person that we can be. I sincerely hope this space becomes our Centre for our practice to flourish so we will never be far from the spiritual path.
On behalf of all the volunteers and supporters of our Centre, I welcome you to the Metta Centre; not just to the four walls that bound our centre, but to the ideals that underpin it.
Founder and President