Lovingkindness Practice Verses

Forgiveness Reflection

If I have hurt or harmed anyone knowingly or unknowingly, I ask forgiveness;
If anyone has hurt or harmed me knowingly or unknowingly, to the extent that I am able to do so at this time, I extend forgiveness;
I also extend forgiveness to myself.

Verses for Lovingkindness, Compassion and  Sympathetic Joy

May all beings be happy and peaceful,
May all beings be healthy and strong,
May all beings be safe and free,
May all beings be able to care for themselves with ease and joy.

Compassion for those who suffer:

I care about this pain; I care about the pain in the world. May all beings be free of suffering and all the causes of suffering. May all beings be comforted, supported, cared for and healed. May all suffering sentient beings be surrounded with every kindness. May all beings be surrounded with kindness.

Appreciative Joy/Sympathetic Joy

May all those experiencing success and happiness continue to experience it. May it grow for them, and may their joy never leave them.

Prayer of the Four Immeasurables from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (immeasurable love, immeasurable compassion, immeasurable joy, immeasurable equanimity)

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering;
May all beings experience the joy that is without sorrow, and may that joy never leave them;
May all beings live in balance and in harmony, free from greed and aggression,
Believing in the equality of all that live.

Prayer for World Peace, Tibetan Buddhist tradition

At this very moment for the peoples and the nations of the earth,
May not even the words disease, famine, war, and suffering be heard,
But rather may their goodness, merit, health and prosperity increase;
And may supreme good fortune and well-being always arise for them.

Dedication verse

May the merit and benefit that comes from doing these practices
Be shared with all beings everywhere.