The Dhammapada is one of the best known and best loved Buddhist texts, a sequence of verses traditionally said to have been spoken by the Buddha himself to help people on the path to liberation. In her version for Penguin Classics, Valerie J Roebuck seeks to translate the Pali into modern English verse that will keep the beauty and clarity of the original.

Loving Kindness, for Vesakh 2016/2599

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by admin No Comments

For Vesakh 2016 CE/2599 BE, I have posted under ‘Verses’ a translation of the Karaṇīya Metta Sutta, which many of us chant regularly, but perhaps don’t always think about what it means. It describes the way to practise Mettā, or loving kindness to all beings. The translation, though fairly literal, is in modern, everyday language. It’s the one I included in the Order of Service for my husband’s funeral in 2012, because I wanted everyone present to be able to understand it, even if they were new to the Buddha’s teaching.

It will be seen that the love described in this sutta is not something soft or woolly, but a state of great strength and clarity that forms an intrinsic part of practice on the Buddha’s path.

May all beings be well. May all beings be happy.

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