The Metta Sutra

This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness, and the one who knows the paths of peace:


Let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech

Humble and not conceited

May they be content and easily satisfied, unburdened with frugal and duties on their ways

Peaceful and calm, wise and skillful

Not proud and demanding in nature

May they be wise, with their senses calmed, not arrogant and without desire

May they do nothing that the wise would later reprove

May all beings be happy!

May they live in safety and joy!

All living beings, whether weak or strong, the great or the mighty, medium, short or small, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to be born, may they all be happy

Let no one deceive another or despise any being in any state, let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another

As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, radiating kindness over the entire world

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one’s waking hours, may one remain mindful of this heart, and this way of living, that is said to be the sublime abiding

Unattached to speculations, views and sense desires, the pure-hearted one, with clear vision, being freed from all sense desires, will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering


Om Mani Padme Hung 


Buddhist Sacred Texts

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