Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Metta Sutta
(noon service)


Metta Sutta - sung by Theravada monks in English

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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 or 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 views,

The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,

         Being freed from all sense desires,

Is not born again into this world.


This is what should be accomplished by the one who is wise,
who seeks the good, and has obtained peace.

Let one be strenuous, upright, and sincere,
Without pride, easily contented, and joyous.
Let one not be submerged by the things of the world.
Let one not take upon oneself the burden of riches.
Let one’s senses be controlled.
Let one be wise but not puffed up and
Let one not desire great possessions even for one’s family.
Let one do nothing that is mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all beings be happy.
May they be joyous and live in safety,
All living beings, whether weak or strong,
In high or middle or low realms of existence.
Small or great, visible or invisible,
Near or far, born or to be born,
May all beings be happy.

Let no one deceive another nor despise any being in any state.
Let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.
Even as a mother at the risk of her life
Watches over and protects her only child,
So with a boundless mind should one cherish all living things.
Suffusing love over the entire world,
Above, below, and all around, without limit,
So let one cultivate an infinite good will toward the whole world.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down,
During all one’s waking hours,
Let one practice the way with gratitude.

Not holding to fixed views,
Endowed with insight,
Freed from sense appetites,
One who achieves the way
Will be freed from the duality of birth and death.

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