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Many of you know about the non-violent protests in Burma lead by Buddhist monks, nuns and working people. You may have heard that they have been chanting a prayer as they slowly walk the streets and face the guns of the military dictatorship ruling their country.
Below is a translation of the metta sutta prayer. It’s become a global prayer for the people of Burma. Please read the prayer to yourself in support of their historic effort to make change without violence. Not since Gandhi or MLK has the world seen non-violent civil protest on this scale.
The Metta Sutta Prayer
This is the way of those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good and follow the path:
May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.
May they be content and easy wherever they are.
May they be unburdened, with their senses calm.
May they be wise and not arrogant.
May they live without desire for the possessions of others.
May they do no harm to any living being.
May all beings be happy.
May they live in safety and joy.
All living beings, whether weak or strong, old or young, man or woman, smart or foolish, healthy or disabled, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to be born, may they all be happy. Let no one deceive or despise another being, whatever their status. Let no one by anger or hatred wish harm to another.
As parents watch over their children, willing to risk their own lives to protect them, so with a boundless heart may we cherish every living being, bathing the entire world with unobstructed and unconditional loving-kindness. Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, in each moment may we remain mindful of this heart and this way of living in the world.