Let me be able and upright,
straightforward and gentle in speech,
humble and not conceited,
contented and easily satisfied,
unburdened with duties and frugal in my ways.
Peaceful and calm and wise and skillful,
not proud or demanding in nature,
let me not do the slightest thing
that the wise would later reprove.
In gladness and in safety,
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 me not deceive another,
or despise any being in any state.
Let me not through anger or ill-will
wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
her child, her only child,
so with a boundless heart
will I cherish all living beings.
I will radiate 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 weariness,
I will sustain this recollection.
This is the sublime abiding.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Maitri Sutra