THE DISCOURSE ON LOVING-KINDNESS BY THE BUDDHA
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, 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, omitting none, may all beings be at ease.
Let none deceive another or despise any being in any state. Let none, through
anger of ill-will wish harm upon another. Like a mother protects her child, her
only child with her life, 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, free 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.