'May beings all live happily and safe, and may their hearts rejoice within themselves

Whatever there may be with breath of life, whether they be frail or very strong,

Without exception, be they long or short or middle-sized, or be they big or small,

Or thick, or visible, or invisible, or whether they dwell far or they dwell near,

Those that are here, those seeking to exist—may beings all rejoice within themselves.

Let no one bring about another’s ruin, and not despise in any way or place,
Let them not wish each other any ill from provocation or from enmity.

-The Buddha, Sutta Nipata'
Woodland Plants II
12" x 12" , 2005
oils on linen