Sublime Abiding

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This is what should be done

by all who are skilled in goodness,

and who know the path of peace:

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 and calm, and wise and skillful,

not proud or demanding in nature,

let us not do the slightest thing

that the wise would later reprove.

In gladness and in safety,

let us wish that all beings be at ease.

Whatever living beings there may be;

whether they are weak or strong, omitting none

—the great or the mighty, big, middling, 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 us not deceive another,

or despise any being in any state.

Let us not through anger or ill-will

wish harm upon another.

Even as a mother protects with her own life

her child, her only child,

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,

freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down

free from drowsiness,

we will sustain this recollection.

This is the sublime abiding.

By not holding to fixed views,

the pure hearted, having clarity of vision,

being freed from all sense desires,

is not born again into suffering.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Maitri Sutra

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 Sublime Abiding

  1. Sue Greene says:

    Good path for starting a new year. Thanks.

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