Classic teachings read aloud.

Ecclesiastes NKJV

Sedaka Sutta 1 (4:13)- The Acrobat. Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Metta Sutta (3:26)-The teaching on good will. This is the only one I have memorized, so I decided to do it first. This translation is closest to Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s translation, with some variation from other translations and the quirks of memory.

Anathapindikovada Sutta (14:33)- Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This sutta tells the tale of a thorough teaching on non-clinging given to a dying layman by one of the Buddha’s main disciples. It is compelling for the teaching itself, but particularly beautiful and poignant as it is a glimpse of an esoteric teaching being uncovered for non-monastics for the first time, thereby inspiring a compassionate plea from the dying man to share it with other laymen.