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Other Teachings of Metta

Here is a sampling of some other verses and phrases on loving kindness found in various places throughout the Pali literature. These can be compared with the phrases found in the Metta Sutta.

The Virtue of Loving Kindness
Itivuttaka 21-22 = III.7 = 27

One who actively develops loving kindness,
Mindfully and without limit,
Sees their attachments wane;
Their bonds become worn thin.

If one shows kindness with a clear mind—
Even once!--for living creatures,
By that one becomes wholesome.
Having mercy in his or her heart for all creatures,
A noble person brings forth abundant goodness

Those who conquor the earth, teeming with beings,
—Kings and priests who scurry around sacrificing—
They surely do not partake in even a sixteenth part
Of the heart well developed in loving kindness
—Shining like the moon among all the crowd of stars.

One who neither kills nor makes others kill,
Neither steals nor makes others steal,
Is one who has love for all living beings,
And no hatred for anyone at all.

The Virtue of Loving Kindness

Vinaya II.110 = Cullavagga V.6
For those without feet, I have love.
I have love for all with two feet.
For those with four feet, I have love.
I have love for all with many feet.
May those without feet do me no harm.
May none with two feet do me harm.
May those with four feet do me no harm.
May none with many feet do me harm.
May all being, all living things,
All who've come to be--one and all--
May they see every blessing!
May no evil at all come to them!
Without limit is Buddha.
Without limit is Dhamma.
Without limit is Sangha
 
Sn 145,147; Metta Sutta
 May all beings be happy in themselves. (or: happy-minded; contented in mind)
 
Sn 149; Metta Sutta
 One should develop a boundless mind towards all beings.
 
Sn 150; Metta Sutta
 One should develop a boundless mind and loving kindness toward the whole world.
 
Sn 222; Ratana Sutta
 Whatever beings are assembled here,
 Whether they are on the earth or in the sky
 May every one of these beings be happy. (or: of good m ind).
 
Sn 223; Ratana Sutta
 By this truth may there be well-being
 
Sn 224, etc; Ratana Sutta
 By this truth may there be well-being
 
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