Mettā – Loving Kindness

“Bhikkhus, if someone were to give away a hundred pots of food as charity in the morning, a hundred pots of food as charity at noon, and a hundred pots of food as charity in the evening, and if someone else were to develop a mind of lovingkindness even for the time it takes to pull a cow’s udder, either in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, this would be more fruitful than the former.

“Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus: ‘We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.’ Thus should you train yourselves.” – SN 20.4

“Yo, bhikkhave, pubbaṇhasamayaṁ okkhāsataṁ dānaṁ dadeyya, yo majjhanhikasamayaṁ okkhāsataṁ dānaṁ dadeyya, yo sāyanhasamayaṁ okkhāsataṁ dānaṁ dadeyya, yo vā pubbaṇhasamayaṁ antamaso gadduhanamattampi mettacittaṁ bhāveyya, yo vā majjhanhikasamayaṁ antamaso gadduhanamattampi mettacittaṁ bhāveyya, yo vā sāyanhasamayaṁ antamaso gadduhanamattampi mettacittaṁ bhāveyya, idaṁ tato mahapphalataraṁ. Tasmātiha, bhikkhave, evaṁ sikkhitabbaṁ: ‘mettā no cetovimutti bhāvitā bhavissati bahulīkatā yānīkatā vatthukatā anuṭṭhitā paricitā susamāraddhā’ti. Evañhi vo, bhikkhave, sikkhitabban”ti.

“ရဟန်းတို့ အကြင်သူသည် နံနက်တစ်ကြိမ် နေ့လည်တစ်ကြိမ် ညနေ တစ်ကြိမ် မွန်မြတ်သော ဘောဇဉ်တို့ဖြင့် ပြည့်သော ထမင်းအိုးတစ်ရာဖြင့် အလှူကို ပေးလှူရာ၏၊ အကြင် သူသည်ကား နံနက်အခါ၌ဖြစ်စေ, နေ့လည်အခါ၌ဖြစ်စေ, ညနေအခါ၌ဖြစ်စေ အယုတ်သဖြင့် နွားနို့တစ်ညှစ် ခန့် ကာလမျှလည်း မေတ္တာစိတ်ကို ပွားများရာ၏၊ ဤနွားနို့တစ်ညှစ်ခန့်မျှ မေတ္တာစိတ်ကို ပွားများခြင်း သည် ထိုအလှူသုံးကြိမ်ထက် အထူးသဖြင့် အကျိုးကြီး၏။

“ရဟန်းတို့ ထို့ကြောင့် ဤသာသနာတော်၌ “ငါ့တို့သည် (ဆန့်ကျင်ဘက်မှ) လွတ်မြောက်သော မေတ္တာစိတ်ကို ပွားများအံ့၊ လေ့လာအံ့၊ ယာဉ်ကဲ့သို့ ပြုအံ့၊ တည်ရာကဲ့သို့ ပြုအံ့၊ ဆောက်တည်အံ့၊ ထက် ဝန်းကျင်မှ ဆည်းပူးအံ့၊ ကောင်းစွာ အားထုတ်အံ့”ဟု ဤသို့လျှင် သင်တို့ ကျင့်ရမည်ဟု (ဟောတော်မူ၏)။

“Này các Tỷ-kheo, ai vào buổi sáng bố thí một trăm cái nồi, ai buổi trưa bố thí một trăm cái nồi, hay ai buổi chiều bố thí một trăm cái nồi, và ai buổi sáng chỉ trong thời gian bóp vú sữa con bò một lần (trong nháy mắt), tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, hay ai buổi trưa chỉ trong thời gian bóp vú sữa con bò một lần (trong nháy mắt), tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, hay ai buổi chiều chỉ trong thời gian bóp vú sữa con bò một lần (trong nháy mắt), tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, sự việc này đối với sự việc trước, quả có lớn hơn.

“Do vậy, này các Tỷ-kheo, các Ông cần phải học tập như sau: “Chúng tôi sẽ tu tập từ tâm giải thoát, làm cho sung mãn, làm thành cỗ xe, làm thành căn cứ địa, an trú, tích lũy và khéo thực hiện”.

「比丘們!如果任何人在午前時施與百鍋食物之布施,如果任何人在中午時施與百鍋食物之布施,如果任何人在傍晚時施與百鍋食物之布施;如果任何人在午前時修習慈心甚至如擠牛奶時拉一次奶頭那樣短的時間,如果任何人在中午時修習慈心甚至如擠牛奶時拉一次奶頭那樣短的時間,如果任何人在傍晚時修習慈心甚至如擠牛奶時拉一次奶頭那樣短的時間,這因此而有更大果。

比丘們!因此,你們應該這麼學:『我們要修習、多修習慈心解脫,作為車輛、作為基礎、已實行、成為習慣、善精勤的。』比丘們!你們應該這麼學。」

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