I saw a newly ordained bhikkhu near the “Pre-leftovers” table. I asked him how he was doing and he said…

I saw a newly ordained bhikkhu near the "Pre-leftovers" table. I asked him how he was doing and he said to me. "I am doing much better mentally, physically and energetically. No attainments for what I originally came here for, but things are good."
I told him, "You can be happy just radiating Loving-kindness all of the time. It will help with your meditation, but if you do not get any attainments, you still win.". He smiled, asked me how I was and then we parted just before another heavy rain settled in.
ADVANTAGES OF LOVING-KINDNESS DISCOURSE (Mettānisamsa-Sutta).
Anguttara Nikāya (A.11:16) Translated by: Ven. Anandajoti



Article by Bhikkhu Subhuti

Bhikkhu Subhuti is an American Buddhist Monk with roots in both Sri Lanka and Myanmar Forest Traditions. He currently resides in Myanmar but his heart sometimes floats back to Kauai, HI where he spent six months in 2015.