lov·ing-kind·ness n. /lǝ-viŋ-kīn(d)-nǝs/: benevolence in the active interest of others from Mettā (Pali) or महा मैत्री Mahā-maitrī (Sanskrit) 'universal unconditional love'. It is the first of the four sublime states (Brahmaviharas) and one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism. The cultivation of benevolence (mettā bhāvanā) is a popular form of Buddhist meditation. It is a part of the four immeasurables in Brahmavihara (divine abidings) meditation. Mettā as 'compassion meditation' is often practiced in Asia by broadcast chanting, wherein monks chant for the laity.