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Meditation on Loving-kindness

by Visakha Kawasaki, Kandy, Sri Lanka, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 30, 2007

May I be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to me. May no problems come to me. May I meet with success. May I have patience, courage, and understanding, to overcome difficulties and problems in life.

May my relatives and friends be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May no problems come to them. May they meet with success. May they have patience, courage, and understanding to overcome difficulties, and problems in life.

May all strangers, indifferent to me, be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May no problems come to them. May they meet with success. May they have patience, courage, and understanding to overcome difficulties, and problems in life.

May all enemies, all unfriendly persons, be well, happy and peaceful. May no harm come to them. May no problems come to them. May they meet with success. May they have patience, courage, and understanding to overcome difficulties, and problems in life.

Whether I walk to the east, southeast, south, southwest, west, northwest, north and northeast, no matter where I go in the world may I meet people with happiness, peace and friendliness. May I be protected in all directions from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear!

Let us wish that everyone in this room be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let them relax their bodies. Let them relax their minds. Let their bodies and minds be filled with the thought of loving-kindness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds in the eastern direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the south-eastern direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the southern direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the south-western direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the western direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the north-western direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the northern direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the north-eastern direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds to the celestial direction and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

Let us direct our minds below and wish all living beings in that direction be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them. Let every cell, every drop of blood, every atom of their bodies and minds be charged with these thoughts of friendliness. Let the peace and tranquillity of loving-kindness pervade their bodies and minds.

May all beings in all directions, all around the universe be beautiful; let them be happy; let them have good fortune; let them be wealthy; let them be famous; let them have good friends; let them after death be reborn in heavens.

May all beings everywhere be filled with the feeling of loving-kindness, abundant, exalted, measureless, free from enmity, free from affliction and anxiety. May they live happily.

May all those who are imprisoned legally or illegally, all who are in police custody anywhere in the world waiting trials meet with peace and happiness. May they be free from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them.

May all who are in hospitals suffering from sickness meet with peace and happiness. May they be free from pain, afflictions, depression, disappointment, dissatisfaction, anxiety and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them.

May all mothers who are in pain in delivering babies meet with peace and happiness. May they be free from pain, afflictions, depression, disappointment, dissatisfaction, anxiety and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them.

May all parents taking care of their children meet with peace and happiness. May they be free from pain, afflictions, depression, disappointment, dissatisfaction, anxiety and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them.

May all rulers be gentle, kind, generous, compassionate, and considerate and have understanding of the oppressed, underprivileged, discriminated and the poverty-stricken. May their hearts melt at the suffering of the unfortunate citizens. May they be free from pain, afflictions, depression, free from disappointment, dissatisfaction, anxiety and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them.

May the oppressed, underprivileged, discriminated, and the poverty-stricken meet with peace and happiness. May they be free from pain, afflictions, depression, free from disappointment, dissatisfaction, anxiety and fear. Let these thoughts of loving-kindness embrace all of them, envelope them.

 SADHU! SADHU! SADHU!



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