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Use in ReligionEdit
Loving-kindness is an English equivalent for the Buddhist term Mettā, as described in the Metta Sutta of the Pali Canon's Sutta Nipata (Sn 1.8) and Khuddakapatha (Khp 9), and practiced in Loving kindness meditation.
Priti (Sanskrit: प्रीति) means loving kindness in Hindu traditions. The word, states Monier Williams, refers to "amity, kindness, friendly disposition, love, affection, harmony, peacefulness" to others in texts such as Grhyasutras, the Mahabharata and the Puranas.
Judaism and ChristianityEdit
Loving-kindness is used as an English translation for the Hebrew word חסד (chesed). This term is used often in the book of Psalms, and refers to acts of kindness, motivated by love. It is used primarily in reference to God, rather than people. One example is found in Psalm 107, where verse 43 reads:
"Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD." 
The term is also used in Pirkei Avot, with the quote "The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of God, and deeds of loving-kindness." (1:2)
The term Loving-kindness (or "lovingkindness") was coined by Myles Coverdale in his Coverdale Bible of 1535, which spelled it "louinge kyndnesse"; the Latin Vulgate uses "misericordia. It is also used in this sense in the American Standard Version and other versions of the Christian Bible.
- Agape, Greek word, given the association of "loving-kindness" or "love"
- Charity (virtue)
- Chesed, Hebrew word, given the association of kindness and love
- Ishq, an Arabic word, meaning love.
- Mettā, Pali word, given the association of "loving-kindness" and "friendliness", conferring with the Sanskrit word maitri.
- Nagabodhi (2003). Metta: The Practice of Loving Kindness. Windhorse Publications. p. 3. ISBN 9780904766998.
- Ven. Pannyvaro. "An Overview of Loving-kindness Meditation". Retrieved May 1, 2016.
- Monier Monier-Williams (1923). A Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. p. 662.
- F. P. Luigi Josa (1907). Introductory Manual of the Hindi Language with Extracts from the Premsâgar. Trübner & Company. p. 82.
- Stephen Phillips (2009). Yoga, Karma, and Rebirth: A Brief History and Philosophy. Columbia University Press. p. 344. ISBN 978-0-231-51947-2.
- Arthur B Keith, Taittiriya Samhita iv,3,12,i:k, The Veda of the Black Yajus School, Part 2: Kandas IV-VII, Harvard University Press, page 335
- Quote: मैत्री करुणा मुदितोपेक्षाणां सुखदुःखपुण्यापुण्यविषयाणां भावनातश्चित्तप्रसादनम् ॥ ३३॥ - Yogasutra 1.33; Source, SanskritDocuments.Org
- Christopher Key Chapple (2015). Yoga in Jainism. Routledge. p. 175. ISBN 978-1-317-57217-6.
- "Psalm 107".
- Grace Cathedral episcopal church: "Brush Up Your Bible" Archived 2007-10-23 at the Wayback Machine.