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Tag: brahma-vihara

Upekkha~ Equanimity

 “To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity.” ~ Pema Chödrön When we practice the first three of the brahma-vihara, we develop the ability to love all beings, to feel compassion for…

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Mudita ~ Sympathetic Joy

Mudita is the third brahma-vihara (the four perfect virtues). It is about cultivating sympathetic or appreciative joy for another. Sometimes when we hear of another’s good fortune we feel resentful or jealous. Perhaps we feel they are undeserving, or we may have an unconscious…

Brahma-Vihara

Lately I’ve been exploring the concept of brahma-vihara. Collectively, brahma-vihara are four states of mind often referred to as the “four immeasurables” or the “four perfect virtues”. Brahma here is translated as ‘divine’ or ‘noble’ and vihara as ‘abiding’ or ‘living’. One who practices…