Saturday, August 30, 2008

Karaniya Metta Sutta

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech,
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied,
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove,
Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be,
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short, or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to be born,
May all beings be at ease.
Let none deceive another
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings,
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
Spreading upwards to the skies
And downwards to the depths,
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down,
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed vews,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense-desires,
Is not born again into this world.

The Karaniya Metta Sutta - 'The Loving-Kindness To be Cultivated Sermon' - is one of the most beloved of Buddhist sutras. It is presented here for our contemplation, for in its short but succinct form, we have a priceless guide to becoming better beings. In the upcoming months, a series of reflections on the sutra will appear on this blog. The translation presented here is from the Western Forest Sangha Chanting Book, which can be downloaded from the following address: Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery


JD said...


This is a nice sutta. I look forward to seeing the reflecions that you come up with surrounding this one. Be well in your practice.

G said...

The power of metta is...boundless, as the sutra states. Look forward to recieving your reflections on my reflections!


Gregor said...

Wonderful teaching, it says so much with a few words. Lovely.

Thanks for sharing this.

G said...

Yes, Gregor.

If only we human beings could live a tenth of what the sutra teaches, the world would be a much safer & happier place!


Prabhu Peiris said...

Karaniya Metta Sutra is like giudeline of my life. I have guided my self in to success by following what is said in this sutra. Even though it is very short, each and every word in it describes something very valueble to our lives.

G said...

It is heart warming to read that you have based your life on this sutra, Prabhu Peiris. Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely comment.

Anonymous said...

You can also see this comprehension explication on this sutta in here: