Mettabhāvanā (Universal version)
Friendliness Meditation

(based on Paṭisambhidāmagga and Visuddhimagga)

Edited & Translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu

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1. Ahaṁ avero homi, abyāpajjho homi, anīgho homi,
May I be free from hatred, may I be free from oppression, may I be free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharāmi.
May I take care of myself and be happy.

 

2. Mama Mātāpitū, Ācariyā ca, ñātimittā ca, sabrahmacārino ca,
May my Mother and Father, Teachers, relatives and friends, and fellow celibates,

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu.
May they take care of themselves and be happy.

 

3. Imasmiṁ ārāme, sabbe yogino
In this monastery may all meditators

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu.
May they take care of themselves and be happy.

 

4. Imasmiṁ ārāme, sabbe bhikkhū bhikkhuniyo ca, upāsakā upāsikāyo ca
In this monastery may all monks and nuns, laymen and laywomen

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu.
May they take care of themselves and be happy.

 

5. Amhākaṁ catupaccayā dāyakā
May our supporters who give the four requisites

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu.
May they take care of themselves and be happy.

 

6. Amhākaṁ ārakkhā devatā imasmiṁ vihāre, imasmiṁ āvāse,
May our protective gods in this living place, in this dwelling place,

imasmiṁ ārāme ārakkhā devatā,
May our protective gods in this monastery,

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu.
May they take care of themselves and be happy.

 

7. Sabbe sattā, sabbe pāṇā, sabbe bhūtā,
May all creatures, all breathing creatures, all beings,

Sabbe puggalā, sabbe attabhāvapariyāpannā,
All persons, all individuals,

Sabbā itthiyo, sabbe purisā,
May all women, all men,

Sabbe ariyā, sabbe anariyā,
All those who are Noble, all those who are ignoble,

Sabbe devā, sabbe manussā, sabbe vinipātikā,
All gods, all human beings, all who have fallen (into the lower worlds),

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu, dukkhā muccantu,
May they take care of themselves and be happy, may they be free from suffering,

Yathāladdhasampattito mā vigacchantu kammassakā.
being ones who own their actions, may they not lose whatever prosperity they have gained.

 

Puratthimāya disāya, pacchimāya disāya, uttarāya disāya, dakkhiṇāya disāya,
In the Eastern direction, in the Western direction, in the Northern direction, in the Southern direction,

Puratthimāya anudisāya, pacchimāya anudisāya,
In the South-Eastern direction, in the North-West direction,

Uttarāya anudisāya, dakkhiṇāya anudisāya,
In the North-East direction, in the South-West direction,

Heṭṭhimāya disāya, uparimāya disāya,
In the lower direction, in the upper direction,

 

Sabbe sattā, sabbe pāṇā, sabbe bhūtā,
May all creatures, all breathing creatures, all beings,

Sabbe puggalā, sabbe attabhāvapariyāpannā,
All persons, all individuals,

Sabbā itthiyo, sabbe purisā,
May all women, all men,

Sabbe ariyā, sabbe anariyā,
All those who are Noble, all those who are not (yet) Noble,

Sabbe devā, sabbe manussā, sabbe vinipātikā,
All gods, all human beings, all who have fallen (into the lower worlds),

Averā hontu, abyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
Be free from hatred, free from oppression, free from trouble,

Sukhī attānaṁ pariharantu, dukkhā muccantu,
May they take care of themselves and be happy, may they be free from suffering,

Yathāladdhasampattito mā vigacchantu kammassakā.
being ones who own their actions, may they not lose whatever prosperity they have gained.

 

8. Uddhaṁ yāva bhavaggā ca adho yāva avīcito samantā Cakkavāḷesu
From the highest of existence down, and from the lowest worlds up, everywhere in the Universe,

Ye sattā paṭhavī carā, abyāpajjhā niverā ca niddukkhā canupaddavā.
Whatever beings live on the earth, (may they be) free from oppression, free from hatred, free from suffering, and free from danger.

 

Uddhaṁ yāva bhavaggā ca adho yāva avīcito samantā Cakkavāḷesu
From the highest of existence down, and from the lowest worlds up, everywhere in the Universe,

Ye sattā udake carā, abyāpajjhā niverā ca niddukkhā canupaddavā.
Whatever beings live in the waters, (may they be) free from oppression, free from hatred, free from suffering, and free from danger.

 

Uddhaṁ yāva bhavaggā ca adho yāva avīcito samantā Cakkavāḷesu
From the highest of existence down, and from the lowest worlds up, everywhere in the Universe,

Ye sattā ākāse carā, abyāpajjhā niverā ca niddukkhā canupaddavā.
Whatever beings live in the sky, (may they be) free from oppression, free from hatred, free from suffering, and free from danger.

 

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Imāya Dhammānudhammapaṭipattiyā Buddhaṁ pūjemi,
By this practice in conformity with the Dhamma I worship the Buddha,

Imāya Dhammānudhammapaṭipattiyā Dhammaṁ pūjemi,
By this practice in conformity with the Dhamma I worship the Dhamma,

Imāya Dhammānudhammapaṭipattiyā Saṅghaṁ pūjemi,
By this practice in conformity with the Dhamma I worship the Saṅgha,

Imāya Dhammānudhammapaṭipattiyā Mātāpitaro pūjemi,
By this practice in conformity with the Dhamma I worship my Parents,

Imāya Dhammānudhammapaṭipattiyā Ācāriye pūjemi,
By this practice in conformity with the Dhamma I worship my Teachers,

Addhā imāya paṭipadāya jarāmaraṇamhā parimuccisāmi.
By this practice may I be freed from old age and death.

Idaṁ me puññaṁ āsavakkhayāvahaṁ hotu.
May my merit bring about the destruction of the pollutants.

Idaṁ me sīlaṁ Maggaphalañāṇassa paccayo hotu.
May my virtue be a condition for (gaining) knowledge of Path and Fruit.

Imaṁ no puññabhāgaṁ sabbasattānaṁ dema.
We give a share of our merits to all beings.

Sabbe sattā sukhitā hontu!
May all beings be happy!

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!
Well said! Well said! Well said!