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Contents of Pali Canon - Karaniya Metta Sutta

by Sangharakshita

Contents

Numbers within square brackets [ ] in the seminar which follows refer to the original page numbering of the first edition. This second edition has been completely revised and reformatted so the page numbering has now changed.

Pali Version of the Text taken from the Sutta Nipata
Translation by Sangharakshita written in 1949
Introduction 2
Metta
Definition of skilful emotion; loba-dosa-moha 4

VERSE I:
Karaniyam... abhisameca 5
Attha - Ultimate aim or good
Kusala - Practical intelligent skilfulness
Yam tam....abhisamecca
Santan padan - State of peace 6
Peace and dukkha
Abhisamecca - Proficient in
Buddha's teaching: conditional or imperative 7
Christian attitude to other religions 8
Christ - a Bodhisattva?11-15
Separating fact from myth
Sakko ... anatimani 15
Sakkyo - Capable and vigorous
Uju - Upright, straightforward 17
Suju
Suvacha - Well spokenc18
Asa - Amenability 19
Mudu - soft, tender, flexibility 20
Discussion on implications of these attributes

VERSE II:
Santussako - contentment 22
Subharo - easily supportable 24
Demarcation between monk and laity? 25
Work and a spiritual life 26
Appakicco - with few duties 30
Sallahukavutti - of light wants 31
Non-spiritual activity 32
Santindriyo - with pacified senses 33
Nipaka - not presumptuous/prudent 35
Appagabbo - modesty

VERSE III: 36
He should not commit ... censure him
Other wise men - rules and spiritual community 37
Vinnu - those who know


VERSE IV:
May all beings.....wholesome 40
Sukhi - happy, wholesome 40
Khemino - secure
Sukhitatta - may they be of happy self
Friendliness and friendship 41

VERSE V 42
Whatever living beings .... happy minded.
Let none......harm another
Deceit 43
Patigha - malice 44
Byarosana - hatred
The difference between anger and hatred
Recapitulation 46
How far can metta go? 47
The practice of developing metta by stages 48
Erotic feelings in the metta bhavana 49
Clear recognition of feelings
Erotic and sexual 50
Vedas and system of Indian philosophy
Modern Hindus and worship of the Buddha 53

VERSE VII: 55
Just as.....towards all beings
The analogy of maternal love to metta
Risking her own life - objectivity 56
Recapitulation 57
Integration of emotions; directing ‘negative’ emotions towards the Buddha 58

VERSE VIII: 62
Let his thoughts......without any enmity
Asapatam - without any enemy
Universality of metta and brahma viharas
Exclusivity of positive emotion? devotion 63
Innate expansiveness of positive emotion 64
Feelings associated with Christianity 69

VERSE IX: 73
Whether he stands......develop this mindfulness
Highest conduct
Brahman - sublime
Adhittheyya - exercise 74

VERSE X: 74
Dassanana sampanno - perfect vision
Absolutising conceptual constructions 75
The fruit of practice - rebirth 76
Translations of the Sutta
Regular and Irregular steps
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