Sunday, 25 March 2012

Live lightly..... Metta Sutta

Owl and Karen alluded to this in a post over at Insideowl, I have softspot for Gil's translation. Highly recommend Gil's Talks on Loving Kindness and Mindfulness on the Zencast podcast (links to come later as I'm currently on my blogger unfriendly iPad).

See also my earlier post Loving Kindness

METTA SUTTA
To reach the state of peace
Those skilled in the Good
Should be
Capable and upright, Straightforward and easy to speak to, Gentle and not proud,
Contented and easily supported,
Living lightly and with few duties,
Wise and with senses calmed,
Not arrogant and without greed for supporters,
And they should not do the least thing that the wise would criticize. [They should reflect:]
"May all be happy and secure;
May all beings be happy at heart.
All living beings, whether weak or strong, Tall, large, medium, or short,
Tiny or big,
Seen or unseen,
Near or distant,
Born or to be born,
May they all be happy."
Let no one deceive another
Or despise anyone anywhere;
Let no one through anger or aversion Wish for others to suffer.
As a mother would risk her own life To protect her child, her only child, So toward all beings should one Cultivate a boundless heart.
With loving-kindness for the whole world
Should one cultivate a boundless heart,
Above, below, and all around
Without obstruction, without hate and without ill-will. Standing or walking, sitting or lying down,
As long as one is alert,
May one stay with this recollection.
This is called a sublime abiding, here and now. Whoever is virtuous, endowed with vision,
Not taken by views,
And having overcome all greed for sensual pleasure Will not be reborn again.
Translated by Gil Fronsdal

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  1. Thank you Grimmly for sharing this.

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from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included. "So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta