The Metta Sutta

The Metta Sutta, by Al Greene

This song kept running through my head just before I woke up this morning. It seemed like a 20th Century version of the Metta Sutta!

The subject of love in Buddhism is kind of interesting, because I think love is often mistaken for clinging or lust, and so people think it needs to be rejected. However, there is the non-dual love taught by the Buddhas.  Daehaeng Sunim pointed this out to me one morning as I was preparing to return to the US, saying, “Love your family, just don’t be attached to them.”

 The Metta Sutta, by Al Greene, and Anne Lennox

Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart

You see it’s getting late
Oh please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by
And still the children cry
Put a little love in you heart
If you want the world to know
We won’t let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see
Wait and see

Take a good look around
And if you’re lookin’ down
Put a little love in your heart

I hope when you decide
Kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see

Put a little love in your heart
Put a little love in your heart
Put a little love in your heart
Put a little love in your heart
Put a little love in –
Put a little love in your heart…

3 thoughts on “The Metta Sutta”

  1. You wouldn’t think “Buddhist” with this song, would you. And yet the similarity with the metta sutta is really strong.
    Actually, the song I heard going through my head was just Al Greene, I think. But this was the closest video I could find on Youtube.

    Stay tuned for some Leonard Cohen!

  2. not Al Green really, it is Jacky DeShannon’s song, written by her and her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday

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