6.12.11

Metta Sutta





This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech,
Humble and not conceited, contented and easily satisfied
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skilful,
Not proud and demanding in nature

Let them not do the slightest thing that the wise would later reprove.

They should wish:

In gladness and in safety
May all beings be at ease
Whatever living beings there may be,
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small
The seen and the unseen
Those living near and far away
Those born and to-be-born
May all beings be at ease

Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state,
Let none through anger or ill-will wish harm upon another

Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies, and downwards to the depths
Outwards and unbounded, freed from hatred and ill-will

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down,
Free from drowsiness, one should sustain this recollection



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