Karaniya Metta Sutta

Discourse on Loving-kindness (goodwill)

Karaniya mattha kusalena

Yantam santam padam abhi-samecca

Sakko uju ca suju ca

Suvaco cassa mudu anatimani

One who is skilled doing good and who wishes to attain that state of calm (Nibbana) should act thus. One should be able, straight, upright, obedient, gentle and humble.

Santussako ca subharo ca

Appa-kicco ca sallahuka-vutti

Santindriyo ca nipako ca

Appa-gabbho kulesu ananu giddho

One should be content, easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, controlled in senses, discreet, not impudent, and unattached to families.

Naca khuddham samacare kinci

Yena vinnu pare upava-deyyum

Sukhino va khemino hontu

Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhi-tatta

One should not do any slight wrong for which the wise might censure one.

May all beings be happy and secure.

May all beings have happy minds.

Ye keci pana bhu-tatthi

Tasava thavara va anava sesa

Digha va ye mahanta va

Majjhima-rassa-kanuka thula

Whatever living beings there may be, without exception, weak or strong, long, large, middling, short, subtle or gross,

Dittha va yeva addittha

Ye ca dure vasanti avidure

Bhuta va sambhavesi va

Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhi-tatta

Those visible or invisible, dwelling near or far, born or coming to birth.

May all beings have happy minds.

Na paro param nikubbetha

Nati-mannetha katthaci nam kanci

Byaro-sana patigha-sanna

Nanna-mannassa dukkha-miccheyya

Let no one deceive another nor despise any person in any place. Neither in anger nor ill-will should anyone wish harm to another.

Mata yatha niyam puttam

Ayusa eka-putta-manu rakkhe

Evampi sabba bhutesu

Manasam-bhavaye apari-manam

Just as a mother would risk her own life to protect her only child, even so, towards all living beings, one should cultivate a boundless heart.

Mettanca sabba lokasmin

Manasam-bhavaye apari-manam

Uddham adho ca tiriyanca

Asam-badham averam asa-pattam

One should cultivate for all the world a heart of boundless loving-kindness, above, below, and all around, unobstructed, without hate or enmity.

Tittham caram nisinno va

Sayano va yava tassa vigata middho

Etam satim adhittheyya

Brahma metam viharam idha-mahu

Whether standing, walking, sitting, lying down or whenever awake, one should develop this mindfulness.

This is the highest conduct here.

Ditthinca anupa gamma silava

Dassa-nena sampanno

Kamesu vineyya gedham

Nahi jatu gabbha seyyam punaretiti

Not falling into erroneous views, virtuous and endowed with vision, one discards attachment to sensuous pleasures and does not come again to birth in a womb.

Etena sacca vajjena

Sotthi me hotu sabbada

By the firm determination of this truth May I ever be well.