Loving-Kindness Scripture Reciting Ceremony

On the evening of January 15th, six Venerable Bhantes will be reciting a Sutra. This Sutra is a Buddhist Scripture named The Karaniya Metta Sutra – A Discourse on Loving Kindness.

The Loving-Kindness Sutra is one of the most complete sets of instructions on how to use the practice of loving-kindness to reach enlightenment. It includes the conditions that help one to practice loving-kindness. 

It is a practice of spiritual purification. The Sutra includes ten verses of virtuous and meditative qualities of loving-kindness.

These ten verses will be recited many times throughout the night. In Theravada Buddhist tradition, the devotees also believe Buddha’s words have power themselves. Therefore, we have faith that reciting the Holy Words brings blessing and well-being to the listeners and community.

The recital will begin at approximately 9 pm. The Incantation will be in Pali language. This is the language that was used in Buddha’s sermons. All lessons of Buddha are preserved in Pali language in order to preserve the true meaning of his discourses. The recital will conclude at approximately 5 am. 

You may attend this special event in person. If you plan to attend the event, we humbly request you wear a mask (not required). To avoid the crowd, you may want to come later into the recital, perhaps Midnight, 1 am or later. We kindly ask the attendees to be calm, and quiet during the recital. It will be peaceful to hear the reciting of Buddha’s words. It will put you in a meditative mode. Each recitation will take approximately 2 minutes and 37 min. You may observe recital for 15 min, an hour, or the entire time. It will be up to you. 

A word of caution: The road (from either direction) leading to this monastery is very narrow and dark. There will not be much light on the street. Be mindful and watchful while driving. The monastery will be well lit.

We cordially invite you attend and experience this ceremony. It will be a calming and peaceful experience. Please feel free to bring a friend! You are welcome to come and go as you please.
Our address is: Atlanta Mahamevnawa Buddhist Meditation Monastery 518 Stell Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188.
If you need additional details, please email us at: blissfulatlanta@gmail.com

Karaniya Metta Sutta - Discourse on Loving Kindness

1. Karaṇīyamatthakusalena – Yaṁ taṁ santaṁ padaṁ abhisamecca
Sakko ujū ca sūjū ca – Suvaco cassa mudu anatimānī

One skilled in good wishing to attain that state of peace Nibbāna should act thus: he should be clever upright, exceedingly upright, obedient, gentle and humble.

2. Santussako ca subharo ca – Appakicco ca sallahukavutti
Santindriyo ca nipako ca – Appagabbho kulesu ananugiddho

He should be content, easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, controlled in senses, discerning, courteous and unattached to families.

3. Na ca khuddhaṁ samācare kiñci – Yena viññū pare upavadeyyuṁ
Sukhino vā khemino hontu – Sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā

One should not do any slight wrong which the wise might censure. May all beings be happy and secure! May all beings have happy minds!

4. Ye keci pāṇabhūtatthī – Tasā vā thāvarā vā anavasesā
Dīghā vā ye mahantā vā – Majjhimā rassakāṇukathūlā

Whatever living beings there may be without exception:
timid or fearless; long or large, medium, short, subtle or gross,

5. Diṭṭhā vā yeva addiṭṭhā – Ye ca dūre vasanti avidūre
Bhūtā vā sambhavesī vā – Sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā

Visible or invisible, living near or far, born or coming to birth, may all beings have happy minds!

6. Na paro paraṁ nikubbetha – Nātimaññetha katthaci naṁ kanci
Byārosanā paṭighasaññā – Nāññamaññassa dukkhamiccheyya

Let no one deceive another, nor despise anyone anywhere.
Neither from anger nor ill will should anyone wish harm to another.

7. Mātā yathā niyaṁ puttaṁ – Āyusā ekaputtamanurakkhe
Evam’pi sabbabhūtesu – Mānasaṁ bhāvaye aparimāṇaṁ

As a mother would risk her own life to protect her only child, even so towards all living beings,
one should cultivate boundless loving-kindness.

8. Mettaṁ ca sabba lokasmiṁ – Mānasaṁ bhāvaye aparimāṇaṁ
Uddhaṁ adho ca tiriyañca – Asaṁbādhaṁ averaṁ asapattaṁ

One should cultivate for all the world a heart of boundless loving-kindness, 
above, below, and all around, unobstructed, without hatred or resentment.

9. Tiṭṭhaṁ caraṁ nisinno vā – Sayāno vā yāvata’ssa vigatamiddho
Etaṁ satiṁ adhiṭṭheyya – Brahmametaṁ vihāraṁ idhamāhu

Whether standing, walking or sitting, lying down or whenever awake, one should develop this mindfulness.
This is called “divinely dwelling here.”

10. Diṭṭhiṁ ca anupagamma sīlavā – Dassanena sampanno
Kāmesu vineyya gedhaṁ – Na hi jātu gabbhaseyyaṁ punaretī’ti.

Not falling into wrong views, but virtuous and possessing right view, removing desire for sensual pleasures,
one comes never again to birth in the womb.

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu!
By this truth, may there be well-being!