Visuddhimagga IX-4

Ayañhi mettā appiyapuggale, atippiyasahāyake, majjhatte, verīpuggaleti imesu catūsu paṭhamaṃ na bhāvetabbā.


Ñ(IX,4): For lovingkindness should not be developed at first towards the following four kinds of persons: an antipathetic person, a very dearly loved friend, a neutral person, and a hostile person.

Liṅgavisabhāge odhiso na bhāvetabbā. Kālakate na bhāvetabbāva.


Ñ: Also it should not be developed specifically (see §49) towards the opposite sex, or towards a dead person.

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