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#1700 - Friday, February 6, 2004 - Editor: Gloria Lee

METTA

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle".
-
Philo of Alexandria, 20BC - 40 AD

Do not think lightly of good, that nothing will come of it.
 A whole water pot will fill up from dripping drops of water.
 - Dhammapada v 122 

The Buddha taught lay people the virtue of making the
"seven offerings that cost nothing":... a compassionate eye,
a smiling face, loving words, physical service, a warm heart,
a seat, and lodging.  — Jiko Kohno in Right View, Right Life  

To act courteously and selflessly, to put the needs of others
before our own, is to live with the compassion that blooms from
true spiritual practice.  — Philip Toshio Sudo in Zen 24/7

The major block to compassion is the judgment in our minds.
Judgment is the mind's primary tool of separation. 
— Diane Berke in The Gentle Smile

Our lack of compassion stems from our inability
to see deeply into the nature of things.
 - Kenneth S. Leong in The Zen Teachings of Jesus

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing.
Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love.
Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.
- Marc Estrin quoted in Prayers for a Thousand Years

The kindnesses of others fertilize our soul, they become a part of
who we are, and we carry them and their love. We feel this
when people die, how their gifts remain alive in us.
- Wayne Muller in  How, Then, Shall We Live? 




In the practice of "contemplation,"
One contemplates that originally,
The mind of ignorance is
Identical with Dharma-nature.
As such at its base,
It is fundamentally empty.
The entire range of
Good and evil deeds that proceed
From deluded thinking
Is like empty space.
These two practices are
Utterly non-dual.
They are not distinct from one another.

- Zhiyi (538-597)

This hermitage was here first
Only then, the world.
When the world crumbles,
This hermitage will not be destroyed.
The host inside the hermitage
Is present everywhere.
The moon shines on the eternal void;
The wind whistles through
Ten thousand openings.

- Shiwu (1347)

All the holy ones have turned within and sought the  self, and by
this went beyond all doubt. To turn within means all the 24
hours and in every situation, to pierce one by one through the
layers covering the self, deeper and deeper, to a place that
cannot be described. It is  when thinking comes to an end and
making distinctions ceases, when wrong views and ideas
disappear of  themselves without having to be driven forth, when
without being sought the true action and the true impulse
appear of themselves. It is when one can know the truth of the
heart. 

- Daikaku (1213-1279)

quotes from  www.dailyzen.com


What the Buddha said about metta

 Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all
are not worth one 16th part of the release of mind by
universal friendliness; in shining, glowing, beaming &
radiance the release of mind by universal friendliness
far excels & surpasses them all.
- Itivuttaka 27

As a mother even with own life protects her only child,
so should one cultivate immeasurable loving-kindness
towards all living beings. 
- The Metta Sutta

He who both day and night takes delight in
harmlessness sharing love with all that live, finds
enmity with none.
  - Samyutta Nikaya. I, 208

http://www.wildmind.org/meditation/metta/intro_whatbuddhasaid.html


  Cherishing and caring for others is the source of all happiness.
Cherishing ourselves over others, is the source of all suffering
and negative conditions. 
- Shantideva

  See link for a list of "organizations who are working diligently to
end the suffering of living beings and create a healthy, peaceful
world. This is an excellent way to Cherish Others! "
  http://www.naljor.com/cherishing.htm  


  Daily Dharma

  "Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth."
~Buddha



From the website,
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http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/resources/buddhistquotes.html"



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Ben Hassine ~ Awakened Awareness

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Metta is a Pali word meaning loving-kindness. Metta chanting is the radiation of loving-kindness towards all beings: May they all be happy and peaceful. Imee Ooi chants the Pali beautifully. Metta chanting is soothing, uplifting, joyful and a great healing for the world - pervading it with waves of love. Truly, may all beings be happy. May they live always in peace and harmony.


The Chant of Metta Text

Aham avero homi
May I be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjho homi
May I be free from mental suffering

anigha homi
May I be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharami
May I take care of myself happily

Mama matapitu
May my parents

acariya ca natimitta ca
teacher relatives and friends

sabrahma - carino ca
fellow Dhamma farers

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe yogino
May all meditators in this compound

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu
May all monks in this compound

samanera ca
novice monks

upasaka - upasikaya ca
laymen and laywomen disciples

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam catupaccaya - dayaka
May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam arakkha devata
May our guardian devas

Ismasmim vihare
in this monastery

Ismasmim avase
in this dwelling

Ismasmim arame
in this compound

arakkha devata
May the guardian devas

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava - pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the four woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering
sukhi - attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all being be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own Kamma

Purathimaya disaya
in the eastern direction

pacchimaya disaya
in the western direction

uttara disaya
in the northern direction

dakkhinaya disaya
in the southern direction

purathimaya anudisaya
in the southeast direction

pacchimaya anudisaya
in the northwest direction

uttara anudisaya
in the northeast direction

dakkhinaya anudisaya
in the southwest direction

hetthimaya disaya
in the direction below

uparimaya disaya
in the direction above

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava - pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
(those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the 4 woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi - attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all beings be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own kamma

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta pathavicara
whatever beings that move on earth

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta udakecara
whatever beings that move on water

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta akasecara
whatever beings that move in air

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger.

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