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Mettamorphsis had a Catholic upbringing and education, but found a home in the Dharma after many years of serious illness. In 2010, she felt called to give up having a fixed abode and live life as a modern-day nomad or, as she prefers to call it, lily padding. She is currently a live-in volunteer at a retreat center in Wales, embodying metta meditation in everyday life. Living Metta is published monthly.

Shoshin and the Fear of Others

The previous two articles in this column, which explored combining location-independence with letting the Dharma take the lead—what I term “lily padding”—described how tonglen dissolves the fear of

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