May All Beings Have Happiness — Wishing all beings will have happiness in 2020 — the Year to Practice Metta and Loving Kindness (includes Metta Sutta)

Feature Contents

    May all beings have happiness and its causes,

    May they never have suffering or its causes.

    May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow;

    May they dwell in equal love for both near and far.

    — The Four Immeasurables

     

    BUDDHA WEEKLY NEW YEAR 2020

     

     

    May 2020 be a year of Metta and Loving Kindness for all beings.

    Metta Sutta

    Discourse on Advantages of Loving-kindness

    Translated from the Pali by Piyadassi Thera.

     

    Thus have I heard:

    On one occasion the Blessed One was living near Savatthi at Jetavana at Anathapindika’s monastery. Then he addressed the monks saying, “Monks.” — “Venerable Sir,” said the monks, by way of reply. The Blessed One then spoke as follows:

    “Monks, eleven advantages are to be expected from the release (deliverance) of heart by familiarizing oneself with thoughts of loving-kindness (metta), by the cultivation of loving-kindness, by constantly increasing these thoughts, by regarding loving-kindness as a vehicle (of expression), and also as something to be treasured, by living in conformity with these thoughts, by putting these ideas into practice, and by establishing them. What are the eleven?

    1. “He sleeps in comfort.

    2. He awakes in comfort.

    3. He sees no evil dreams.

    4. He is dear to human beings.

    5. He is dear to non-human beings.

    6. Devas (gods) protect him.

    7. Fire, poison, and sword cannot touch him.

    8. His mind can concentrate quickly.

    9. His countenance is serene.

    10. He dies without being confused in mind. 11. If he fails to attain Arahantship (the highest sanctity here and now, he will be reborn in the Brahma-world.

    “These eleven advantages, monks, are to be expected from the release of heart by familiarizing oneself with thoughts of loving-kindness, by cultivation of loving-kindness, by constantly increasing these thoughts, by regarding loving-kindness as a vehicle (of expression), and also as something to be treasured, by living in conformity with these thoughts, by putting these ideas into practice and by establishing them.”

    So said the Blessed One. Those monks rejoiced at the words of the Blessed One.

     

    NOTE

    [1] Source for translation>>

    More articles by this author

    Geshar of Ling
    Fearless Buddhist: How to overcome fear in uncertain times, according to Pali Sutta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra and King Gesar
    Buddha-Weekly-Buddha Teaching monks-Buddhism
    How to De-escalate any Confrontation, a Vital Practice in Modern Times: The Sutra with Advice to Venerable Punna from the Buddha
    An angry man insults the Buddha. The Buddha's reaction was "non reaction."
    9 Ways Buddha Taught Us to Transform Anger with Three Sutras — Ending Negativity and Suffering:
    Vasudhara in her most popular form in Tibet, with Two arms, Golden Yellow holding a sheef of corn. She is an aspect of Tara, called Yellow Tara (11th Tara in the Nyingma 21 Taras Lineage), and she is none other than Mother Earth's Enlightened Form, who controls the ten Guardians of the World.
    Vasudhara Dharani Sutra in English and Tibetan with the Dharani in Sanskrit and Tibetan.
    Giant statue of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha.
    Why is “Most loved” Kṣitigarbha (Jizo) “Essence of Earth” Bodhisattva revered and beloved in Mahayana Buddhism as the “closest” of all the Enlightened Ones
    Offering food to the monastic Buddhist Sangha are among the most virtuous of offerings.
    Offerings “obtained righteously, and offered “with a pleasant mind” — Dakkhinaavibhangasuttam Sutta of Offerings

    Please Help Support the “Spread the Dharma” Mission!

    Buddhist-worshippers_32631040-low

    Be a part of the noble mission as a supporting member or a patron, or a volunteer contributor of content.

    The power of Dharma to help sentient beings, in part, lies in ensuring access to Buddha’s precious Dharma — the mission of Buddha Weekly. We can’t do it without you!

    A non-profit association since 2007, Buddha Weekly published many feature articles, videos, and,  podcasts. Please consider supporting the mission to preserve and “Spread the Dharma." Your support as either a patron or a supporting member helps defray the high costs of producing quality Dharma content. Thank you! Learn more here, or become one of our super karma heroes on Patreon.

    Lee Kane

    Author | Buddha Weekly

    Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
    Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.

    Invalid Email
    Buddha-Weekly-Latest Features on Buddha Weekly-Buddhism
    .
    Buddha-Weekly-Buddhist prayer feature on Buddha Weekly-Buddhism
    Translate »
    Scroll to Top