Metta Chant: The Dissemination and the New Semination

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Beautiful Buddhist chanting on metta – loving kindness with English subtitles, but without disturbing English speech.  One of the most beautiful “prayers” among all religions.

The Metta Chant Text

Aham avero homi
May I be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjho homi
May I be free from mental suffering

anigha homi
May I be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharami
May I take care of myself happily

Mama matapitu
May my parents

acariya ca natimitta ca
teacher relatives and friends

sabrahma – carino ca
fellow Dhamma farers

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe yogino
May all meditators in this compound

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu
May all monks in this compound

samanera ca
novice monks

upasaka – upasikaya ca
laymen and laywomen disciples

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam catupaccaya – dayaka
May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam arakkha devata
May our guardian devas

Ismasmim vihare
in this monastery

Ismasmim avase
in this dwelling

Ismasmim arame
in this compound

arakkha devata
May the guardian devas

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava – pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the four woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering
sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all being be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own Kamma

Purathimaya disaya
in the eastern direction

pacchimaya disaya
in the western direction

uttara disaya
in the northern direction

dakkhinaya disaya
in the southern direction

purathimaya anudisaya
in the southeast direction

pacchimaya anudisaya
in the northwest direction

uttara anudisaya
in the northeast direction

dakkhinaya anudisaya
in the southwest direction

hetthimaya disaya
in the direction below

uparimaya disaya
in the direction above

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava – pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
(those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the 4 woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all beings be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own kamma

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta pathavicara
whatever beings that move on earth

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta udakecara
whatever beings that move on water

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta akasecara
whatever beings that move in air

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger.

However, this is only half a Mantra.  This mantra describes what it doesn’t want instead of what it does want.  This is a giant spiritual shit, a defecation, a bath.  For all the beauty of the music, this is a mantra of universal waste management.  This is necessary particularly when you are angry.

There should be a second part, a filling of words should be what we want for the world.  The writer of this mantra is afraid of what he wants. Mental health, Love, Safety, Physical Comfort, Caring for Others.  And so I offer part two, The Semination of Metta.  The spiritual feast.  This is necessary when you are emotionally empty or exhausted.  It’s also fun when you are happy.

May I be filled with love and safety

May I be filled with mental health

May I be filled with physical pleasure

May I take care of others happily

May my parents

teacher relatives and friends

fellow Dhamma farers

Be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

may they take care of others happily

May all meditators in this compound

be filled with love and safety

be filled wth mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all monks in this compound

novice monks

laymen and laywomen disciples

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May our guardian devas

in this monastery

in this dwelling

in this compound

May the guardian devas

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all beings

all breathing things

all creatures

all individuals (all beings)

all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

may all females

all males

all noble ones (saints)

all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

all devas (deities)

all humans

all those in the four woeful planes

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all being be filled with comfort

May whatever they have lost be gained

All beings are owners of their own Kamma

in the eastern direction

in the western direction

in the northern direction

in the southern direction

in the southeast direction

in the northwest direction

in the northeast direction

in the southwest direction

in the direction below

in the direction above

May all beings

all breathing things

all creatures

all individuals (all beings)

all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

may all females

all males

all noble ones (saints)

(those yet to attain sainthood)

all devas (deities)

all humans

all those in the 4 woeful planes

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all beings be filled with comfort

May whatever they have lost be gained

All beings are owners of their own kamma

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move on earth

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move on water

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move in air

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

Danger or Pluralarity?

Thinking about pluralities I was motivated to dig out and dust off my copy of Nicholas G. Carr’s book, Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage. In this piece of pulp Nicholas droned on about the commoditization of hardware and software and the end of the IT industry.

What Nicholas was witnessing in 2003 was the plurality of one generation of hardware and software. Everybody had an office suite and enterprise software suite.  And rightly, they were no longer providing a competitive advantage. What Nicholas was experiencing was a complete lack of imagination with regard to the opportunities the pluralarity presented: the next generation of innovation leading to the next singularity.

In hind sight it was funny how Nicholas shook everybody up, but I didn’t find myself looking for a new career, I found myself looking for innovation and in many respects we found it in Open Source and Web 2.0 Social Software.

I have also found that Relational Database technology is reaching plurality and its limitations are becoming more pronounced as application developers test its limits. It simply does not have the flexibility we need. I’ve seen the future in the Associative Model of Data and have found it fits the Zachman Framework better than current technologies. The need is growing and this architecture fits it.

What Nicholas and all of us should have still been reading was this book:

Peter is still the authority when it comes to experience based instruction.