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Metta
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:11:09 am »
Herein lies the Metta Sutta,
translated by Nyanamoli Thera:


What should be done by one skillful in good
So as to gain the State of Peace is this:

Let him be able, and upright and straight,
Easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud,
Contented too, supported easily,
With few tasks, and living very lightly;
His faculties serene, prudent, and modest,
Unswayed by the emotions of the clans;
And let him never do the slightest thing
That other wise men might hold blamable.

(And let him think:) "In safety and in bliss
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Whatever breathing beings there may be.
No matter whether they are frail or firm,
With none excepted, be they long or big
Or middle-sized, or be they short or small
Or thick, as well as those seen or unseen,
Or whether they are dwelling far or near,
Existing or yet seeking to exist.
May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
Let no one work another one's undoing
Or even slight him at all anywhere:
And never let them wish each other ill
Through provocation or resentful thought."
And just as might a mother with her life
Protect the son that was her only child,
So let him then for every living thing
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being;

And let him too with love for all the world
Maintain unbounded consciousness in being
Above, below, and all round in between,
Untroubled, with no enemy or foe.
And while he stands or walks or while he sits
Or while he lies down, free from drowsiness,
Let him resolve upon this mindfulness:
This is Divine Abiding here, they say.

But when he has no trafficking with views,
Is virtuous, and has perfected seeing,
And purges greed for sensual desires,
He surely comes no more to any womb.

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Re: Metta
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2020, 08:27:44 am »
Thank you for posting that. It was very comforting and calming.

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Re: Metta
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2020, 11:42:24 am »
Thank you Noctrite.

I never knew the background of the Metta Sutta -- it came about because the monks meditating in the forest displeased the land deities, who put all sorts of obstacles in their way.  The monks appealed to the Buddha for help, and this is what he taught them.  By practicing in this way, the monks developed so much loving kindness that the ferocious spirits couldn't help but calm down!  So, it works like a charm on all sorts of negative mental states.

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Re: Metta
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 10:00:52 am »
That is very interesting. Thank you for sharing that with me about the Metta Sutta. I enjoy learning more about Buddhism. I appreciate you replying to what I said about that.

 


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