Two versions of the Mettā Sutta

by Greta Neal


(Seeking Nibbāna)

Whosoever seeks skill in wiseness & the good
and wants to break through to the state of peace:
May you be able, upright, and very upright,
apendable to advice and gentle, without arrogance.

[May you be] content and easily supported,
with few duties and a frugal way of living;
with peaceful faculties and prudence,
humble, without greed for possessions.

Do not pursue anything, however slight,
for which other wise people might criticise you.
(Cultivate the thought:)
May all be joyful and secure;
be inwardly joyful!

Whoever is,
faint or bold, without omission,
medium, short, subtle or blatant,
fine or gross;

seen or unseen,
dwelling afar or near,
born or yet unborn,
may all be inwardly joyful!

Let no one betray another
or undervalue anyone anywhere.
Let none by anger and enmity
wish another to suffer.

As a parent protects per child,
per only child, with per own life,
cultivate a limitless love
and cherish all beings.

And towards the whole world
develop loving-kindness,
above, below, and all around
without any obstruction,
without any hatred, without any enmity.

Standing, walking, sitting,
lying down or whenever awake,
practice this mindfulness:
this is deemed a sublime abiding here & now.

Not taken with views,
but virtuous & consummate with insight,
removing greed for sensual pleasures,
come never again to the cycles of suffering.
(Having attained Nibbāna)

This is what should be done by who is skilled in the good,
having made the breakthrough to that peaceful state:
We should be able, upright, and very upright,
apendable to advice and gentle, without arrogance.

[We should be] content and easily supported,
of few duties and a frugal way of living;
of peaceful faculties & judiciousness,
courteous, without greed after possessions.

We should not pursue anything, however slight,
because of which other wise people might criticise us.
(Then we should cultivate our thought thus:)
May all beings be joyful and secure;
may they be inwardly joyful!

Whoever may be,
whether faint or bold, without omission,
Those who are medium, short, subtle or blatant,
fine or gross;

whether they are seen or unseen,
whether they dwell far or near,
whether born or yet unborn,
may all be inwardly joyful!

No one should betray another
nor undervalue anyone anywhere.
Because of anger and thoughts of aversion
no one should wish suffering for another.

Just as a parent would protect per child,
per only child, with per own life,
so we should develop towards all beings
a state of spirit without boundaries.

And towards the whole world
we should develop loving-kindness,
a state of spirit without boundaries
—above, below, and all around—
unconfined, without enmity, without adversaries.

Whether standing, walking, sitting,
or lying down, as long as one is not drowsy
we should resolve on this mindfulness:
this is deemed a divine dwelling here.

Not taking up any views,
possessing good behavior, endowed with insight,
having removed greed for sensual pleasures,
one never again comes to the cycles of suffering.
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