|Discourse on Loving Kindness|
PATIENCE (KSABTI) which requires one to practise forbearance
to prevent anger from arising over the deeds done by ignorant
PESEVERANCE (VIRYA) which develops vigour and strenuous ef-
fort in the practice of the Dharma.
MEDITATION (DHYANA) which reduces confusion of the mind
and leads to peace and happiness.
WISDOM (PRAJNA) which develops the power to discern reality
e practice of these virtues will help to remove greed and
stinginess, anger and hatred, immoral living, confusion of the
mind and stupidity and wrong views. Together with the Noble
Eightfold Path, they teach one to live and practise the Buddha's
teachings in order to reach the state whereby all il usions are de-
stroyed so that peace and happiness can be attained.
he iscourse on oving indness
Buddhism lays great stress on the practice of loving-kindness
(Metta) and compassion. is Discourse should serve both as a
mark of protection and as a subject for contemplation. It teaches
one how to practise the virtues which will benefit oneself and
1. He who is skil ed in his good and who wishes to attain the
state of Calm should act thus:
He should be efficient, upright, yea, perfectly upright,
obedient, gentle and humble.
2. Contented, easily supportable, with few duties, of right
livelihood, control ed in senses, discreet, not impudent, not
be greedily attached to families.
3. He should not commit any slight wrong such that other
wise men might censure him.
4. Whatsoever living beings there be, feeble or strong, long,
stout or medium, small and large, seen or unseen, those
dwel ing near or far, those who are born and those who are
to be born -- may all beings, without exception, be happy!
5. Let none deceive another nor despise any person whatsoever
in any place. In anger or il -will let him not wish any harm
6. Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk
of her own life, even so let him cultivate boundless heart
towards all beings.
7. Let these thoughts of bondless love pervade the whole world
-- above, below and across -- without any obstruction,
without any hatred, without any enmity.
8. Whether he stands, walks, sits, or lies down, as long as he
is awake, he should develop his mindfulness. is, they say,
is the Highest Conduct here.
9. Not fal ing into Error, virtuous and endowed with insight,
he discards attachment to sense-desires. Of a truth, he does
not come again for conception in a womb.
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