Good is Gentle Well-Wishing
for all Sentient Beings!
Buddha on the Universality of Friendliness:
sattā bhavantu sukhitattā.
May all beings become
I am a friend of all bipeds;
I am a friend of those with four feet,
a friend of the many-footed,
I am a friend of those with no feet!
Anguttara Nikaya 4.67
One thinks: 'May these beings be free from animosity,
free from oppression, free from trouble, and may they
look after themselves with ease!
The absence of hate, hating,
hatred, the absence of anger, and any malignity,
and the presence of love, friendly kindness, gentle disposition,
forbearance, genuine considerateness; seeking the general good
compassion this is the very root of good behaviour.
As I am, so are others... As
others are, so am I...
Having thus identified self and others,
Never Harm anyone, nor have any being abused.
Sutta Nipata 3.710
lions, leopards & bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude…
Suvanna-sama Jataka 540
With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless
heart & mind:
Beaming above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without trace
Sutta Nipata I, 8
Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of infinite universal love.
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