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Love (2nd) —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

13. Fears

126. Love (2nd)

1.1“Mendicants, these four people are found in the world. 1.2What four?

1.3Firstly, a person meditates spreading a heart full of love to one direction, and to the second, and to the third, and to the fourth. In the same way above, below, across, everywhere, all around, they spread a heart full of love to the whole world—abundant, expansive, limitless, free of enmity and ill will. 1.4They contemplate the phenomena there—included in form, feeling, perception, choices, and consciousness—as impermanent, as suffering, as diseased, as an abscess, as a dart, as misery, as an affliction, as alien, as falling apart, as empty, as not-self. 1.5When their body breaks up, after death, they’re reborn in the company of the gods of the pure abodes. 1.6This rebirth is not shared with ordinary people.

2.1Furthermore, a person meditates spreading a heart full of compassion … 2.2rejoicing … 2.3equanimity to one direction, and to the second, and to the third, and to the fourth. In the same way above, below, across, everywhere, all around, they spread a heart full of equanimity to the whole world—abundant, expansive, limitless, free of enmity and ill will. 2.4They contemplate the phenomena there—included in form, feeling, perception, choices, and consciousness—as impermanent, as suffering, as diseased, as an abscess, as a dart, as misery, as an affliction, as alien, as falling apart, as empty, as not-self. 2.5When their body breaks up, after death, they’re reborn in the company of the gods of the pure abodes. 2.6This rebirth is not shared with ordinary people.

2.7These are the four people found in the world.”