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Metta Sutta

 
 

METTA SUTTA

To reach the state of peace

Those skilled in the Good

Should be capable and upright,

Straightforward and easy to speak to,

Gentle and not proud,

Contented and easily supported,

Living lightly and with few duties,

Wise and with senses calmed,

Not arrogant and without greed for supporters,

And they should not do the least thing

that the wise would criticize.


[They should reflect:]

"May all be happy and secure;

May all beings be happy at heart.

All living beings, whether weak or strong,

Tall, large, medium, or short,

Tiny or big,

Seen or unseen,

Near or distant,

Born or to be born,

May they all be happy."

Let no one deceive another

Or despise anyone anywhere;

Let no one through anger or aversion

Wish for others to suffer.


As a mother would risk her own life

To protect her child, her only child,

So toward all beings should one

Cultivate a boundless heart.

With loving-kindness for the whole world

Should one cultivate a boundless heart,

Above, below, and all around

Without obstruction, without hate and without ill-will.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down,

As long as one is alert,

May one stay with this recollection.


This is called a sublime abiding, here and now.

Whoever is virtuous, endowed with vision,

Not taken by views,

And having overcome all greed for sensual pleasure

Will not be reborn again.


Translated by Gil Fronsdal



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Metta (Mettanisamsa) Sutta: Good Will


translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu


"Monks, for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken, eleven benefits can be expected. Which eleven?

"One sleeps easily, wakes easily, dreams no evil dreams. One is dear to human beings, dear to non-human beings. The devas protect one. Neither fire, poison, nor weapons can touch one. One's mind gains concentration quickly. One's complexion is bright. One dies unconfused and — if penetrating no higher — is headed for the Brahma worlds.

"These are the eleven benefits that can be expected for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken."