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The Buddha's Metta Prayer


In order that I my be skilled in understanding what is good, let me be able, upright, and straightforward, of good speech, gentle, and free from pride.
Let me be content, easily satisfied, having few duties. living simply, of controlled senses,prudent, without pride, and without attachment to nation, race, or other groups.
Let me not do the slightest thing for which the wise might rebuke me.  Instead let me think:



 '"May all beings be well and safe, may they be at ease.  Whatever living beings there may be, whether moving or standing still, without exception, whether large, great, midddlling, or small, whether tiny or substantial, seen or unseen, whether living near or far, born or unborn, may all beings be happy.  Let none deceive or despise another anywhere.  Let none wish harm to another. in anger or in hate."


Just as a mother would guard her child, her only child, with her own life, even so let me cultivate a boundless mind for all beings in the world.
Let me cultivate a boundless love for all beings in the world, above, below, or across, unhindered, without ill will or emnity.
Standing, walking, seated, or lying down, free from torpor, let me as far as possible fix my attention on this recollection.  This, they say, is the divine life right here.b

I have heard that Buddhists do not believe in a Higher Power.  The Buddha thought that questions about God were unanswerable and were not relevant to the problem of human suffering.  To me that says agnostic rather than athiest.  For advaitists there is only One consciousness, so each prayer goes to that consciousness.  I don't like to take chances.  My pralyers are addressed to whom or what they may concern.

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madman101
Aug. 17th, 2018 01:58 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Bobby!

Thanks for being a faithful LJ friend. Good luck and keep up the good work.

mm101
bobby1933
Aug. 17th, 2018 03:26 am (UTC)
Thank you, my friend.
nerthus
Aug. 17th, 2018 04:38 am (UTC)
My son used to say the metta prayer almost daily, one version of it or another; he of course had alcoholism in his last years and as he grew sicker his meditations and prayers dwindled to almost none; he still had a lot of anger toward this Being known as God and was never sure if he believed in Him at all really. Toward the end of his life he began to go to church mainly to placate his very Christian grandmother, as I know he sensed death was near and he wanted her to rest easy in her mind after his passing. She was convinced he would burn in Hell if he didn't renounce Buddhism, you see. I think he was finding SOME sort of inner peace or way to combat his anger and fears there at the end, but he told me while he greatly admired Jesus, his particular soul still resonated to Buddhist vibes. I just hope he still has his being and found his 'salvation' and peace wherever his soul may be now; sometimes he wasn't even sure such things as souls exist, either. But I do know the metta prayer of peace and no suffering for all beings was one of his favorites and for years really brought him comfort and some sense of unity with all other humans and sentient creatures.

I believe today was your birthday, as well, so happy happy birthday (though rather belated on my part at this hour!)!!
bobby1933
Aug. 17th, 2018 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday greeting.

Thank you also for writing about your son and trusting me with that memory. I am sure your pain is still there and always will be; but i believe it will be processed into a kinder feeling.

I don't know if i ever shared with you that my son is An alcoholic. He is now 61 and we are friends; but sometimes i grieve a little over the life he might have had as someone who had found recovery.

The Metta Prayer is probably my favorite prayer. The version i most like takes about a year to complete properly, so i take a lot of shortcuts but it still nourishes me and keeps me mindful.

Edited at 2018-08-17 05:47 am (UTC)
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