Let us be able and upright,
straightforward and gentle in speech,
humble and not conceited,
contented and easily satisfied,
unburdened with duties and frugal in our ways.
Peaceful, calm, wise, and skillful,
not proud or demanding in nature,
let us not do the slightest thing
that the wise would reprove.
In gladness and in safety, let us wish
that all beings may be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be,
whether they are weak or strong,
the great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
the seen and the unseen,
those living near and far away,
those born and to be born, omitting none,
may all beings be at ease.
Let us not deceive another or despise any being in any state.
Let us not, through anger of ill-will, wish harm upon another.
Like a mother protects her child, her only child with her life,
so with a boundless heart should we cherish all living beings,
radiating kindness over the entire world,
spreading upwards to the skies and downwards to the depths,
outwards and unbounded, free from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
free from lethargy, we should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra on Loving Kindness