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The Blessed Buddha once said:
I am a friend and helper to all. I am sympathetic to all living beings.
I develop a mind full of friendly goodwill. I always delight in harmlessness!
I gladden my mind, fill it with joy, and make it immovable, and unshakable.
I develop these divine states of mind not cultivated by simple men.
Theragāthā 648-9

I am a friend of the footless,
therefore the footless do not harm me,
I am a friend of the bipeds,
therefore the bipeds do not harm me,
I am a friend of those with 4 feet,
therefore the 4 feeted do not harm me,
I am a friend of the many-feeted,
therefore the many-feeted do not harm me.
AN II 72

A friend, who always lends a hand, a friend both in sorrow and joy,
a friend who offers good counsel, a friend who sympathizes too.
These are the four kinds of true friends: One who is wise, who really have
understood much, will always cherish and serve such friends, just as a good
mother tends to her only child.
Digha Nikāya III, 188

Among tigers, lions, leopards and bears I lived in the jungle.
No one was frightened of me, nor did I fear anyone.
Uplifted by such universal friendliness, I enjoyed the forest.
Finding great solace in such sweetly silenced solitude...
Suvanna-sama Jātaka 540

And how does a Bhikkhu abide with his mind imbued with friendliness
extending overall? Just as he would feel friendliness on seeing a dear and
favourite person, exactly so does he extend this same loving-kindness to
all beings in all the 8 directions, one by one, and as above, so also below.
Abhidhamma Pitaka: Appamañña-vibhanga

Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all these are not worth
one sixteenth part of the release of mind by universal friendliness; in shining,
glowing and beaming radiance, in invisible yet shielding protection, such release
of mind by infinite and universal friendliness far excels, and surpasses them all...
Itivuttaka 27

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Universal Friendliness (Mettā) is 1 of
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Updated: 30 December 2016

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