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8

Translations of the Metta Sutta

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Thanissaro Basham Nanamoli (2) Khantipalo
Saddhatissa Woodward Rahula Aronson
Norman Nanamoli (1) Gunaratana Narada

 

This is to be done by one skilled in aims
Who wants to break through to the state of peace
Be capable, upright, & straightforward,
Easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited,

 

Content & easy to support,
with few duties, living lightly,
With peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters.

 

Do not do the slightest thing
that the wise would later censure
With peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no may all beings be happy at heart.

 

Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
Long, large, middling, short,
subtle, blatant,

 

Seen & unseen, near & far,
Born & seeking birth:
May all being be happy
at heart.

 

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
Or through anger or
irritation wish for another to suffer.


 

As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child,
Even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings

 

With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without emnity or hate.


 

Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as one is alert,
One should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding here & now.


 

Not taken with views,
but virtuous & consummate in vision,
Having subdued desire for sensual pleasures,
One never again will lie in the womb.

 

Thanissaro Basham Nanamoli (2) Khantipalo
Saddhatissa Woodward Rahula Aronson
Norman Nanamoli (1) Gunaratana Narada