Sutra of Loving-Kindess

This is what should be done

By one who is skilled in goodness,

And one 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, omitting none,

The great or the mighty, medium, short, or small,

The seen and unseen,

Those living near or 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:

Outward and unbounded,

Freed from hatred and ill will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down

Free from drowsiness,

one should sustain this recollection.

(Found in book ‘Tap Dancing in Zen’ by Geri Larkin)

Karuna, mudita, upekka, Metta.