Maitrī (मैत्री) means friendship in Sanskrit. Buddhism reserves a special place for this word in its cannon and within its practice. Here it is the process of cultivating a healthy attitude towards the inner struggles and conflicts of the mind. It means an unconditional acceptance of all that arises from within and without. When we begin to look with compassion upon our fears and insecurities, we are closer to that direct experience with the world that such self-knowledge discloses to us.