Acharya Buddharakkhita

Karaniya Metta Sutta: Loving-Kindness

Karaniya Metta Sutta: Loving-Kindness

Who seeks to promote his welfare,
Having glimpsed the state of perfect peace,
Should be able, honest and upright,
Gentle in speech, meek and not proud.

Contented, he ought to be easy to support,
Not over-busy, and simple in living.
Tranquil his senses, let him be prudent,
And not brazen, nor fawning on families.

Also, he must refrain from any action
That gives the wise reason to reprove him.
(Then let him cultivate the thought:)
May all be well and secure,
May all beings be happy!

Whatever living creatures there be,
Without exception, weak or strong,
Long, huge or middle-sized,
Or short, minute or bulky,

Whether visible or invisible,
And those living far or near,
The born and those seeking birth,
May all beings be happy!

Let none deceive or decry
His fellow anywhere;
Let none wish others harm
In resentment or in hate.

Just as with her own life
A mother shields from hurt
Her own son, her only child,
Let all-embracing thoughts
For all beings be yours.

Cultivate an all-embracing mind of love
For all throughout the universe,
In all its height, depth and breadth —
Love that is untroubled
And beyond hatred or enmity.

As you stand, walk, sit or lie,
So long as you are awake,
Pursue this awareness with your might:
It is deemed the Divine State here.

Holding no more to wrong beliefs,
With virtue and vision of the ultimate,
And having overcome all sensual desire,
Never in a womb is one born again.

This sutta was previously published in Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love and translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita.

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About Acharya Buddharakkhita

Acharya Buddharakkhita (1922-2013) was a Buddhist monk and writer. After graduating from the Institute of Architectural Technology in Calcutta, he joined the Indian Defence.

He worked there at the time of the 2nd World War after which he retired to find truth and freedom. He became a monk in 1948. As a monk he travelled throughout India and also taught in Sri Lanka and Burma. Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita is the founder and president of the Maha Bodhi Society in Bangalore, India. In 1956, he was a member of the editorial board of the Sixth Buddhist Council in Rangoon which released a complete edition of the Pali canon.

Since then, he has written numerous books and translations of Buddhist texts published in many countries. Most famous is his classic English translation of the Dhammapada, published by the BPS under the title The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom. He also edits and publishes Dhamma, a monthly magazine.

As an internationally recognized meditation master he has lived and taught abroad and founded the Buddhayoga Meditation Society in the United States. He has also taught Buddhology at the Nalanda Pali Postgraduate Institute, Bihar University. Entirely committed to putting Buddhist principles into practice, he has received an award for the many facets of humanitarian activities in his native India.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276