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If you have not already read this wonderful Sutra I hope that it will enlighten your day and keep you in peace.  Please share it with others to use in their services and with their groups to help bring our planet back to peace, love, and compassion.  In Gassho, Shokai

Metta (Loving-Kindness) Sutra

By Shakyamuni Buddha

May all beings be happy.

May they be joyous and live in safety.

All living beings, whether weak or

strong, in high or middle, or low

realms of existence, small or great,

visible or invisible,

near or far, born or to be born,

May all beings be happy.

Let none deceive another nor despise

any being in any state; let none

by anger or hatred wish harm to another.

Even as a mother at the risk of her life

watches over and protects her only child,

so with a boundless mind should

one cherish all living things,

suffusing love over the entire

world, above, below, and all around

without limit;

so let each cultivate an

infinite good will toward the whole world.

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Once a year I’m invited to the Center for Spiritual Living’s Christmas Eve Interfaith Service in Boca Raton, Florida, and I lead a meditation on peace for them. We have a beautiful reading attributed to Shakyamuni Buddha entitled “Metta (Loving-Kindness) Sutra.” I have copied it below for you to use, meditate upon, and share with others that want to live a more peaceful and compassionate life.

Metta (Loving-Kindness) Sutra

May all beings be happy.
May they be joyous and live in safety.
All living beings, whether weak or
Strong, in high or middle, or low
Realms of existence, small or great,
Visible or invisible,
Near or far, born or to be born,
May all beings be happy.
Let none deceive another nor despise
Any being in any state; let none
By anger or hatred wish harm to another.
Even as a mother at the risk of her life
Watches over and protects her only child,
So with a boundless mind should
One cherish all living things,
Suffusing love over the entire
World, above, below, and all around
Without limit
So let each cultivate an
Infinite good will toward the whole
World.

This is my mantra for living. Each day I am given many opportunities to use it and many challenges are presented in which I must decide which world I want to live in. For me I want to live in a world “without limits” on love! I hope you’ll join me.

Namaste, Shokai

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