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Buddhadharma : Spring 2017
T O REACH the state of peace One skilled in the good should be Capable and upright, Easy to speak to and straightforward, Of gentle nature and not proud, Contented and easily supported, Living lightly and having few duties, Wise and with senses calmed, Not arrogant and without greed for supporters, And should not do the least thing that the wise Would reproach them for. (One should reflect in this way:) “May all beings be happy and secure; May all beings be happy-minded. Whatever living beings there may be, whether weak or strong, Tall, large, medium, or short, small or big, Seen or unseen, near or distant, Born or to be born, May they, without exception, all be happy-minded. Let no one despise another Or deceive anyone anywhere, Let no one through anger or hatred Wish for another’s suffering.” As a mother would risk her own life To protect her child, her only child, So for all beings one should Guard one’s boundless heart. With boundless friendliness for the whole world should one Cultivate a boundless heart, In all directions, Without obstruction, without hate and without ill will, Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, Whenever one is awake, May one stay with this recollection. This is called the best and most sublime way of dwelling in this world. One who is virtuous, endowed with insight, Not clinging to wrong view, And having overcome all passion for sensual pleasure, Will not come to lie in a womb again. Translation by John Peacock, 2016 according to the Sutta Nipata commentary, the Buddha originally offered this teaching to calm the fears of monks who were frightened while meditating in the forest. it describes the qualities of a life informed by metta, or loving-kindness. Metta Sutta 37