1. Loving kindness chant

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    Here’s a beautiful lovingkindness chant from the Theravadin tradition that I first came across while on retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

    This kind of chant can be a meditation in its own right. As you learn the meaning it becomes a series of reflections and aspirations which help retrain the mind. Even when you don’t understand the meaning fully it can be a mindfulness practice which helps us develop calm and focus. And also, as long as you’re chanting these Pali words you won’t be doing so much of that tiresome thinking that causes worry, stress, anger, etc.

    It comes with a very pleasant lilting tune, and here is a version of the traditional Pali chant, by the Venerable Ariya Ñana.

    http://www.wildmind.org/audio/Ariya-Nani-metta-chant.mp3

    And as an added bonus, here’s a modern setting of the metta chant by Imee Ooi, a self-taught composer and arranger who is classically trained in piano and has done numerous musical works for television networks in and out of Malaysia.

    http://www.wildmind.org/audio/metta.mp3

    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 my own happiness

    Mama matapitu May my parents
    acariya ca natimitta ca teacher, family, and friends
    sabrahmacarino 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 pariharant may they take care of their own happiness

    Imasmim arame sabbe yogino May all meditators in this place
    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 their own happiness

    Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu May all monks in this place
    samanera ca and 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 their own happiness

    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 their own happiness

    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 their own happiness

    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 (awakened beings)
    sabbe anariya all worldlings (those yet to attain awakening)
    sabbe deva all devas (deities)
    sabbe manussa all humans
    sabbe vinipatika all those in the 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 their own happiness

    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 (awakened beings)
    sabbe anariya (those yet to attain awakening)
    sabbe deva all devas (deities)
    sabbe manussa all humans
    sabbe vinipatika all those in the 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 their own happiness

    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 be 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 be 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 be free of mental suffering and enmity
    nidukkha ca nupaddava and from physical suffering and danger.

    Source: http://www.wildmind.org


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