The Results of a Metta Practitioner
Story From Mae Chee Punnisa
Since 2009, Bhante Aggacitta has taught me the metta meditation. At that time, I was still a lay person. Family was against my becoming a nun. Bhante said: “Visualise all members of the family as well and happy, then radiate metta to them again and again for sometime” After three years, finally, all of them were agreeable to my becoming a nun.
During those years, I also had an encounter that saved my life, that serious car accident where the car was damaged beyond repair while my passenger and I were not hurt at all.
I find that the practice of metta meditation really benefits oneself as stated in the Metta Sutta.
With Metta (loving-kindness),
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When a Buddhist monk says “sabbe satta,” that is a shorthand for metta practice.
“Sabbe satta” means “all beings.”
One of my friend’s collects the leftover food and cakes and says or acts on this everyday after each meal at our monastery. But in reality, even though he says “sabbe satta,” he really just seems to feed the birds with the leftover food and cakes.
One day, I said to him, “So you are going to feed the birds?”
He said, “Sabbe Satta.”
He continued, “When we feed the birds, we feed all beings. This is because when the bellies of the birds are full, the other animals and insects can also eat their leftovers too. But when the bellies of the birds are full, the birds no longer look for worms and insects to eat. The worms and insects are free from danger. Every being can benefit.”
He confidently concluded his explanation again with the words, “Sabbe Satta.”
When we know the deep meaning of some small words, they can transform into big words. When we chant the loving-kindness practice chant, we start with “sabbe satta” and then go through a list of all the different beings, and then go through a list of the ten directions, and then we go through the four phrases. This is to bring to mind the loving kindness for “Sabbe Satta.”
Here is the loving-kindness chant below:
Translated by Ven. Anandajoti
(This is an excerpt from the newly edited Pa-Auk Chanting book. The whole book will be in a line by line format as seen below)
Lovingkindness – Aspiration – Sharing of Merits
(Chant on every Uposatha day)
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, abyāpajjā 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.