Loving-Kindness Mantras

What Needs To Be Done: Loving-Kindness

based on the Karaniyametta Sutta English translations

Adapted translation by CS Sherin, WildClover.org

With true knowing, we seek to dedicate ourselves to what is good for us and others —we seek a state of complete peace.

We are dedicated to being effective, efficient, and disciplined. We are devoted to practicing and remaining: moral, honest, straightforward, kind in words and actions, and flexible. We let go of conceit and fear. We are able to be content and happy. We let go of worry and enmeshment.

We let go of bondage to sensory desires, hate, and greed. We let go of cravings, and attachments to family and groups. We maintain respect for self, and all others. Regardless of our status, power, and stature — or lack of it — we avoid actions and words that the most wise will be sure to rebuke.

We commit to practicing this ongoing seed-thought-practice of the heart, mind and actions — this Metta meditation, the Benevolence Cultivation, this Loving-Kindness practice:

May all beings be joyous, radiant, and secure.
May all beings be well.
May all beings be uplifted, inspired, and dwell in
true freedom, peace and happiness.

This seed-thought-practice that we commit to nurture and cultivate is for: all life and beings — on and in every part of the spectrums of largeness and smallness, strength and weakness; height, size, weight, ability, and presence; the seen and unseen, the form and formless, those near and far, those born and those non-born — it is for all beings and life, without exception.

May all beings be happy, healthy, safe, and at ease.
May all beings be well.
May all that is be well.

May all life and beings be free from: deception, domination, and subjugation put upon any other. May all life and beings be free from: lashing out with ill-will. May all life and beings be free from: curses and wishes of harm put upon others, and suffering.

Just like a mother’s instincts are strong enough to protect her child, her only child’s life, with her own — may our commitment to this Benevolence Cultivation practice be grown — to be an infinite radiating Loving-Kindness for all beings and life.

We send this Metta to self, to friends, to people we are aware of but don’t know well, to those we ignore, to those we struggle with, and those we oppose.

May this Metta practice permeate and transform us and our world and universe — whether we are up, down, resting, active, asleep, or otherwise, in all our time of being, sleeping, and waking — we seek to rest and live in this practice and dedication to Metta Cultivation— throughout all expanses and narrowness, breadth, and depths of: air and sky, water, liquids, gases, and voids; in, around, and through all earth, stone, and matter — underground and throughout all depths and hidden places — everything, in all directions of space, time, reality and realms — visible and invisible.

This is the magnificent discipline that relieves one from fixed views, and gives one freedom with ethical action and clear vision. This Metta results in freedom from the bondage of forgetting, ignorance, craving, clinging, and suffering — and rebirth into them. Then, one will never again be born into that bondage. The freedom, happiness, and loving-kindness gained through this practice are lasting and true.


Preparation For The Loving-Kindness Mantras Below

When out in the world, without the text, the Metta can remembered and practiced in a shortened version: May you be free from suffering. May you be happy.

Begin with breathing that facilitates releasing of tension: let go of any distraction, worry, tension, or concerns. Welcome into your body and mind feelings and energy of love, kindness, peace, and calm.

Repeat the first stage for self until you feel a true flow of Metta for yourself. Repeat each one till you can feel it. Each may feel different, and that is okay. It is called a Benevolence Cultivation, because it is a practice that seeks to nourish the energies, thoughts, and actions of compassion and wellness for all that is. We have to start with self, and then work through the many levels of our personal relationships, on out into the universal.

While practicing each stage of the Metta mantras, use the following techniques, as needed, to help open up and engage fully with an ongoing Metta practice:

  • Picture yourself taking care of precious little sprouts that can grow into magical, transforming energy that benefits everyone, if you dedicate yourself to them. Take care of them. That is what the Metta meditation is all about.
  • Imagine warmth and goodness in the form of golden loving sunlight around and in your body. Imagine the light of love and kindness in your heart and all through and around you.
  • Bring the loved one or friend to mind vividly. See the sunshiny light of love and kindness shining upon them.
  • For the difficult person and “enemy”: set aside and let go of resentment or hatred. The Metta has the ability to transcend and transform those energies. While the person may remain opposition, it is possible to heal and transform the energy at the same time. Remember that the practice is impersonal and transcendent.

Sources: TheBuddhistCentre.com, Buddhaimonia.com, dictionary/etymology, Wikipedia, and MettaInstitute.org.


Loving-Kindness Mantras

aka Metta Bhavava (Benevolence Cultivation)

Adaptation by CS Sherin, WildClover.org

  1. METTA FOR SELF
    May I be joyful and healthy.
    May I be radiant and secure.
    May I receive and practice loving-kindness.
    May I be free from ill-will, bondage, and suffering.
    May I see clearly and act ethically in freedom.
    May I be well.
  2. METTA FOR LOVED ONE/FRIEND
    May (loved one/friend’s name) be joyful and healthy.
    May (loved one/friend’s name) be radiant and secure.
    May (loved one/friend’s name) be free from ill-will,
    bondage, and suffering.
    May (loved one/friend’s name) see clearly and act
    ethically in freedom.
    May (loved one/friend’s name) be well.
  3. METTA FOR ACQUAINTANCE
    May (acquaintance’s name) be joyful and healthy.
    May (acquaintance’s name) be radiant and secure.
    May (acquaintance’s name) be free from ill-will,
    bondage, and suffering.
    May (acquaintance’s name) see clearly and act
    ethically in freedom.
    May (acquaintance’s name) be well.
  4. METTA FOR DIFFICULT PERSON
    May (difficult person’s name) be joyful and healthy.
    May (difficult person’s name) be radiant and secure.
    May (difficult person’s name) be free from ill-will,
    bondage, and suffering.
    May (difficult person’s name) see clearly and act
    ethically in freedom.
    May (difficult person’s name) be well.
  5. METTA FOR “ENEMY” (harm, ill-will, deception, greed)
    May (opposition’s name) be joyful and healthy.
    May (opposition’s name) be radiant and secure.
    May (opposition’s name) be free from ill-will,
    bondage, and suffering.
    May (opposition’s name) see clearly and act
    ethically in freedom.
    May (opposition’s name) be well.
  6. METTA FOR THE WORLD & UNIVERSE
    May all beings and all life be joyful and healthy.
    May all beings and all life be radiant and secure.
    May all beings and all life receive and
    practice loving-kindness.
    May all beings and all life be free from ill-will,
    bondage, and suffering.
    May all beings and all life see clearly and act
    ethically in freedom.
    May all beings and all life be well.
    May all beings be joyous, radiant, and secure.
    May all beings be uplifted and dwell in
    true freedom, peace and happiness.
    May all beings be happy, healthy, safe, and at ease.
    May all beings be well.
    May all that is be well.
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Notes

Mettā (Pali)/ maitrī in Sanskrit: means “active interest for others”, “good will” and “kind, loving, sympathy”.

Bhavava (Sanskrit): means “cultivation” or “development”; implied is a “calling into existence” — Bhava = “becoming”.

Karaṇīyam: from Buddhist texts, means “(this is) what should be done”.

Sutta (Pali)/ sutra in Sanskrit: in Buddhism refers to the sacred texts — canon records of Gautama Buddha’s teachings.

Karaṇīyamettā Sutta: also known as the Metta Sutta in Buddhism. It is found in the Buddhist sacred text collection called Sutta Nipata.