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The Buddha's Words on Kindness

My sister, Alison Yuko is a Buddhist monk of the Soto Zen sect.
Currently, she is in sesshin, which can last quite a while - when no words are spoken, nor any communication allowed, and all the practitioners sit for as many as 14 hours a day. Each day, the only speech permitted is to chant a sutra. In this sesshin, this is the sutra they chant - the Buddha's Words on Loving-Kindness

The Buddha's Words on Kindness (Metta Sutta)
This is what should be doneBy one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited, Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thingThat the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
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,May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-willWish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness, One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.

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