Loving-Kindness / metta

When we practice Loving-Kindness (metta) we perform 528 unique exercises: 12 types of beings x 4 types of metta is 48 exerecises plus 12 types of beings x 4 types of metta x 10 directions is 480 exercises. This is a total of 528 exercises of Loving-Kindness.

When we practice Compassion(karuna), Sympathetic Joy(mudita) and Equanimity (upekkha) we perform 128 unique exercises for each of the practices: 12 types of beings x 1 practice area (karuma, mudita, upekkha) is 12 exercises plus 12 types of beings x 1 type of practice area x 10 directions is 120 exercises. This is a total of 128 exercises per practice area.

With 528 metta practicee, 128 karuna, 128 mudita, and 128 upekkha there are 912 unique exercises in the Four Noble Practice areas. However, when performing these practices in a group we often will use an abbreviated form.

The abbreviated chanting is found below:

Sabbe satta, Sabe pana, Sabbe bhuta, Sabbe puggala, Sabe attabhava pariyapanna

May all beings, may all breathing beings, may all creatures, may all persons, may all with bodies 

Avera hontu, Abyapajja hontu, Anigha hunto, Sukhi attanam pariharantu,

Be free from enmity, be free from distress, be free from anxiety, Live happily

 Dukkha muccantu, Yatha laddha sampattito ma-vigaccantu, Kammassaka

Be relieved of suffering, Not loose what they possess, May they have kamma as their own  

Sabba itthiyo, Sabbe purisa, Sabbe ariya, Sabbe anariya,

May all women, May all men, May all noble ones, May all not noble ones 

Sabbe deva, Sabbe manussa, Sabbe vinipatika

May all deities, May all human beings, May all those in unhappy states 

Avera hontu, Abyapajja hontu, Anigha hunto, Sukhi attanam pariharantu,

Be free from enmity, be free from distress, be free from anxiety, Live happily 

Dukkha muccantu, Yatha laddha sampattito ma-vigaccantu, Kammassaka

Be relieved of suffering, Not loose what they possess, May they have kamma as their own 

Puratthimaya disaya, Dakkhinaya disaya, Pacchimaya disaya, Uttaraya disaya

In the east direction, In the south direction, In the west direction, In the North direction 

Puratthimaya-anudisaya, Dakkhinaya-anudisaya, Pacchimaya-anudisaya, Uttaraya-anudisaya

In the east-south direction, In the south-west direction, In the west-north direction, In the north-east direction 

Uparimaya-disaya, Hetthimaya-disaya

In the upward direction, in the downward direction 

Sabbe satta, Sabe pana, Sabbe bhuta, Sabbe puggala, Sabe attanam pariyapanna

May all beings, may all breathing beings, may all creatures, may all persons, may all with bodies 

Avera hontu, Abyapajja hontu, Anigha hunto, Sukhi attabhava pariharantu,

Be free from enmity, be free from distress, be free from anxiety, Live happily 

Dukkha muccantu, Yatha laddha sampattito ma-vigaccantu, Kammassaka

Be relieved of suffering, Not loose what they possess, May they have kamma as their own 

Sabba itthiyo, Sabbe purisa, Sabbe ariya, Sabbe anariya,

May all women, May all men, May all noble ones, May all not noble ones 

Sabbe deva, Sabbe manussa, Sabbe vinipatika

May all deities, May all human beings, May all those in unhappy states 

Avera hontu, Abyapajja hontu, Anigha hunto, Sukhi attanam pariharaontu,

Be free from enmity, be free from distress, be free from anxiety, Live happily 

Dukkha muccantu, Yatha laddha sampattito ma-vigaccantu, Kammassaka

Be relieved of suffering, Not loose what they possess, May they have kamma as their own