This is the last in a series of meetings that explore the Divine Abidings, Metta (Lovingkindness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Sympathetic Joy) and Upekkha (Equanimity).  Equanimity is manifested when a well-trained mind applies mindfulness, investigation of mental phenomena and Right Effort.  The accompanying notes contain a graphic representation of how equanimity is cultivated, bringing balance between energy & tranquility, and concentration & investigation.  Peter then goes on to describe the application of equanimity to avoid what are called the “far enemy” and “near enemy” of the four Divine Abidings.  This was followed by general discussion among those present on how to cultivate equanimity in one’s daily life routines.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Benefits Of Equanimity

Next week’s talk will focus on how to bring mindfulness, investigation of mental phenomena, Right Effort and equanimity to the hyperactive characteristics of the holiday season through careful attention to what is seen on the media and among other folks as well as oneself.  The purpose of this observation is to realize the potential for bringing the Four Noble Truths into clearer focus.