The Supreme Abiding

1483327_10152051904436154_573310790_nLet 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

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to The Supreme Abiding

  1. Ed Blaylock says:

    A question about reincarnation: from the moment we die until the moment that we are reborn into the world, how long of a time-span is that? I’ve heard about 100 years. Is there a general pattern in this? Thanks,

    Ed Blaylock

    Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:58:47 +0000 To: t_edwinblaylock@hotmail.com

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      For most humans, the interval between death and rebirth is 49 days. For other species, the interval lasts a similar ratio to their life expectancy –for example, a sentient being whose life expectancy is 20 years would experience an interval of approximately 10 days.

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年10月19日 (週日) 7:58 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “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 demandi”

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