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Methodical Practice: from the Patisambhidamagga

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    Methodical Practice: from the Patisambhidamagga (traditionally ascribed to the arahant Sariputta) The heart-deliverance of loving-kindness is practiced with
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      Methodical Practice: from the Patisambhidamagga
      (traditionally ascribed to the arahant Sariputta)

      "The heart-deliverance of loving-kindness is practiced with unspecified extension, with specified extension, and with directional extension.

      That with unspecified extension is practiced in five ways as follows: "May all beings be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss."

      "May all breathing things... all creatures... all persons... May all those who are embodied be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss."

      That with specified extension is practiced in seven ways as follows: "May all women be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss. May all men... all Noble Ones... all who are not Noble Ones... all deities... all human beings... may all those in the states of deprivation be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss."

      That with directional extension is practiced in ten ways as follows:

      "May all beings in the eastern direction be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss. May all beings in the western direction... in the northern direction... in the southern direction... in the eastern intermediate direction... in the western intermediate direction... in the northern intermediate direction... in the southern intermediate direction... in the downward direction... May all those in the upward direction be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss."

      "May all breathing things...

      May all creatures...

      May all persons...

      May all who are embodied...

      May all women...

      May all men...

      May all Noble Ones...

      May all who are not Noble Ones...

      May all deities...

      May all human beings...

      May all those in the states of deprivation in the eastern direction be freed from enmity, distress and anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss... May all those in states of deprivation in the upward direction be freed from enmity, distress, anxiety, and may they guide themselves to bliss."
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanamoli/wheel007.html
      From: The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta)
      As Taught by the Buddha in the Pali Canon
      compiled and translated by √Ďanamoli Thera
      For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk

      With metta / Antony.
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