This is What Should Be Done - The Amravati Sangha
Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha's Words on Loving-kindness
translated from the Pali by
The Amaravati Sangha
This is what should be done
By those who are skilled in goodness,
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 skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing, 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 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,
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world;
Spreading upward to the skies
And downward to the depths;
Outward and unbound,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.
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How to cite this document (a suggested style): "Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha's Words on Loving-kindness" (Khp 9), translated from the Pali by The Amaravati Sangha. , 2 November 2013, .