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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 

All beings

When practicing we focus our mind on 12 broad categories of beings:

  1. Satta – all beings
  2. Pana – all breathing beings
  3. Bhuta – all creatures
  4. Puggala – all persons
  5. Attabhava pariyapanna – all those with bodies
  6. Itthiyo – all women
  7. Purisa – all men
  8. Ariya – all noble ones
  9. Anariya – all non-noble ones
  10. Deva – all dieties
  11. Manussa – all human beings
  12. Vinipatika – all those in unhappy states

Verses of Protection

Verses of Protection

May all blessings be with you, May all the deities protect you

Bhavatu sabba mangalam-rakkhantu sabba devata
May all blessings be with you, May all the deities protect you

sabba Buddhanu bhavena-sada sukhi bhavantu te,
By the glorious power of all Buddhas, May you always be happy

bhavantu sabba mangalam-rakkhantu sabba devata
May all blessings be with you, May all the deities protect you

sabba Dhammanu bhavena-sada sukhi bhavantu te,
By the glorious power of all Dhammas, May you always be happ

bhavatu sabba mangalam-rakkhantu sabba devata
May all blessings be with you, May all the deities protect you

sabba Sanghanu bhavena-sada sukhi bhavantu te.
By the glorious power of all Sanghas, May you always be happy

Pali Compass / disaya

When we practice sending metta, Loving Kindness, to beings we send our energy in all 10 directions. Each of the 10 directions are based on the traditional directions of a compass.compass_pali_large
We send these thoughts in 10 directions (disaya): An illustrative compass is available

Puratthimaya disaya – East direction
Dakkhinaya disaya – South direction
Pacchimaya disaya – West direction
Uttaraya disaya – North direction
Puratthimaya-anudisaya – East-South direction
Dakkhinaya-anudisaya – South-East direction
Pacchimaya-anudisaya – West-North direction
Uttaraya-anudisaya – North-East direction
Uparimaya-disaya – Upward / Above direction
Hetthimaya-disaya – Downward / Below direction

5 Training Rules

5 Training Rules
There are 5 training rules that are traditionally practiced by students of Buddhism.

Pânâtipâtâ veramani sikkhâ padam samâdiyâmi
I take the precept to abstain from destroying living beings.

Adinnâ-dânâ veramanî sikkhâ padam samâdiyâmi
I take the precept to abstain from taking things not given.

Kâmesu micchâ-cârâ veramanî sikkhâ padam samâdiyâmi
I take the precept to abstain from sexual misconduct.

Musâvâdâ veramanî sikkhâ padam samâdiyâmi
I take the precept to abstain from false speech.

Surâ meraya-majja-pamâ-datthânâ veramanî sikkhâ padam samâdiyâmi
I take the precept to abstain from drink or drug that causes intoxication and heedlessnes

Chanting Pali

There are a variety of chants that are often recited. These chants include reflections and recitations on the qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha; the recitation of moral training rules; the practice of loving-friendliness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity. Included here you will find the pali chants and english translations designed to assist you in learning the true meaning of the material. Chanting words that you do not understand is not a valuable exercise; however, taking time to learn the meaning of the pali and reflecting on the meaning of the chants can become a valuable part of your meditation  practice.

5 Training Rules
Pali Compass
Verses of Protection
9 Qualities of the Buddha
Four Noble Practices (Metta)
Remembering the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha

The Buddhist Temple Logo

The Buddhist TempleThe Buddhist Temple logo is made up of 2 symbolic Buddhist elements: the Bodhi Leaf and the Dhamma Wheel along with the Dhamma of the Eightfold Path.

According to Buddhist tradition, the tree under which the Buddha sat when he attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya (near Gaya, west-central Bihar state, India) was a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa). A sapling in Sri Lanka, is said to have grown from a cutting from the tree sent to that city by King Ashoka in the 3rd century BC.

The Dhamma Wheel symbol is represented as a chariot wheel with eight spokes. It is the oldest known Buddhist symbol found in Indian art, appearing with the first surviving post-Harappan Indian iconography in the time of the Buddhist king Aśoka. The Dhamma Wheel has been used by all Buddhist nations as a symbol ever since. In its simplest form it is recognized globally as a symbol for Buddhism.  The eight spokes represent the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. They are said to have sharp edges to cut through ignorance.

The words on each of the spokes of the wheel are Pali words used to define the Eight Fold Path given by the Buddha.