The Meaning of Metta

A student of Zen Buddhism since she was 13 years old, Rachel Rider chose the name Metta for its link to the principles that have guided her own inner work. Metta, from the sacred language of Buddhism, Pali, translates to “loving kindness” – toward oneself and others. It’s only when we embrace every aspect of ourselves, and hold ourselves accountable, that we can lovingly acknowledge what holds us back, and choose how we move forward.

This is compassion with accountability


At Mettaworks, we take our name to heart. It’s the way we run our organization, and how we hold space for our clients. 

In keeping with a core principle of Buddhism, MettaWorks is dedicated to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings. We donate 10% of all profits to the following organizations, whose work either directly forwards racial equity or furthers access to the study of Buddhism: 

  • The Loveland Foundation, founded by Rachel Cargle, is committed to furthering healing opportunities for communities of color, with a particular focus on Black women and girls, through fellowships, residencies, therapy, and more.
  • The Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation, with locations in Colorado & Nepal, increases opportunities for women to pursue training as Tsoknyi Rinpoche nuns, an ancient tradition that faces many obstacles.
  • Zen Mountain Monastery, with locations in both New York City and the Catskill Mountains, spiritual seekers are offered rare refuge to engage the Buddhist teachings through Zen training, cultivate compassion both for themselves and for the world. Zen Mountain Monastery is committed to racial justice and diversity.

Our Manifesto

Every person is resourceful and whole.

We welcome emotions. Buddhism teaches that when used as information, emotions are powerful tools. 

Every person is capable of self-regulation, navigating life’s ups and downs with confidence, and joy. 

Thoughts are fleeting. Our thoughts aren’t always true. We trust change and our ability to adapt, reflect, and grow.  

Curiosity without judgment cuts through stuck-ness.

Our nervous system is powerful. We overcome blindspots, lessons imprinted by past experiences, and reclaim clarity by accessing and leveraging our nervous systems. 

When our everyday speaking voice is in alignment with our core values – head, heart, and spirit – we are more successful, experience greater joy, and deeper fulfillment. 

We welcome friction. Friction is the gift of opportunity – to learn, grow, and improve. Buddhism teaches that when we come together in community, we rub against one another and cause friction that makes us smooth, like stones polished by a river. 

Community is vital to a powerful leader. In community, our experience is reflected, shared, and validated. We are supported by and pushed to greater heights by our community. 

Only in community does our work have purpose. 

Innovation is accessible through diversity. Diversity of experience, backgrounds, and opinions help us disrupt and challenge systems of oppression. 

We continually examine our own internalized racism in order to foster the racial equality and anti-discrimination that is paramount to the survival and liberation of all.

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