The Discourse on Loving Kindness

1) This is what should be done by one skilled in what’s good, Who reaches toward that most peaceful state: One would be capable, and upright—quite upright; Well-spoken, gentle, not puffed up with pride; 2) Contented, easily supported, Not doing too much and lightly engaged; Prudent, with senses calmed, and Modest, without greed among worldly things. 3) One would not do even the slightest thing That others who are wise would speak against. May they be secure and profoundly well; —May all beings be happy 4) Whatsoever living beings exist, Without exception, whether weak or strong, Whether tall and large, middle-sized, or short, Whether very subtle or very gross, 5) Whether visible or invisible, Dwelling near or far away, Whether born already or not yet born —May all beings be happy. 6)Let no one harm or deceive another. Nor despise anyone in any place Either with anger or with ill-will, Let one not wish suffering on others. 7) Just as a mother would watch over her child—her one and only child—with her life, In just the same way cultivate an unbounded mind Toward all beings. 8) Let one cultivate boundlessloving kindness Toward the entire world: Above and below and all the way around, With no obstruction, no hatred, no emnity. 9)Standing, walking, sitting or lying down, As long as one is awake, One should cultivate this loving kindness —This is known as sublime abiding here. 10) Without falling into wrong views, Endowed with insight and integrity, Leaving e greed for sensual things, One would not be born again in a womb. --Adapted from: Andrew Olendzki’s translation.

Mettà Sutta (Sutta Nipàta 143152) Karanīyamatthakusalena, yantam santam padam abhisamecca; Sakko ujū ca suhujū ca, sūvaco cassa mudu anatimānī. Santussako ca subharo ca, appakicco ca sallahukavutti; Santindriyo ca nipako ca, appagabbho kulesvananugiddho, Na ca khuddamācare kiñci, yena viññū pare upavadeyyum; Sukhino va khemino hontu, sabbasattā 4 bhavantu sukhitattā Ye keci pānabhūtatthi, tasā vā thāvarā vanavasesā; Dīghā vā ye mahantā, majjhimā rassakā anukathūlā. Ditthā vā ye va aditthā, ye ca dūre vasanti avidūre. Bhūtā va sambhavesī va, sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā. Na paro param nikubbetha, nātimaññetha katthaci na kañci. Byārosanā patighasaññā, nāññamaññassa dukkhamiccheyya. Mātā yathā niyam puttam āyusā ekaputtamanurakkhe; Evampi sabbabhūtesu, mānasam bhāvaye aparimānam. Mettañca sabbalokasmi, mānasam bhāvaye aparimānam; Uddham adho ca tiriyañca, asambādham averamasapattam Tittham caram nisinno va, sayāno va yāvatāssa vitamiddho. Etam satim adhittheyya, brahmametam vihāramidhamāhu. Ditthiñca anupaggamma sīlavā dassanena sampanno; Kāmesu vinaya gedham, na hi jātuggabbhaseyyam punaretī”ti.

Discourse on Love- (Chanting from the Heart)
1) “He or she who wants to attain peace should practice being upright, humble, and capable of using loving speech. 2) He or she will know how to live simply and happily, with senses calmed, without being covetous and carried away by the emotions of the majority. 3) Let him or her not do anything that will be disapproved of by the wise ones. “(And this is what he or she contemplates:) “May everyone be happy and safe, and may all hearts be filled with joy. “May all beings live in security and in peace — 4) beings who are frail or strong, tall or short, big or small, 5) invisible or visible, near or faraway, already born, or yet to be born. May all of them dwell in perfect tranquility. 6) “Let no one do harm to anyone. Let no one put the life of anyone in danger. Let no one, out of anger or ill will, wish anyone any harm. 7) “Just as a mother loves and protects her only child at the risk of her own life, cultivate boundless love to offer to all living beings in the entire cosmos. 8) Let our boundless love pervade the whole universe, above, below, and across. Our love will know no obstacles. Our heart will be absolutely free from hatred and enmity. 9) Whether standing or walking, sitting or lying, as long as we are awake, we should maintain this mindfulness of love in our own heart. This is the noblest way of living. 10) “Free from wrong views, greed, and sensual desires, living in beauty and realizing Perfect Understanding, those who practice boundless love will certainly transcend birth and death.” Metta Sutta (sutta nipata 1.8)

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