The Metta Sutta of the Buddha


This is the work for those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good:

May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.

May they be content and easily satisfied, unburdened, peaceful, and calm.

May they be wise, not arrogant and without desire for the possessions of others.

May they do nothing mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all beings live in safety.

May all beings be happy.

May they live in joy.

All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall, stout, medium or short, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to be born, may they all live with ease.

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 loving-kindness over the entire world, spreading upward to the skies, and downward to the depths; outward and unbounded, freed from hatred and ill-will.

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 sublime.

The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision, being freed from all desire, ends the cycles of suffering.

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