Balancing Lovingkindness, Compassion and Sympathetic Joy With Equanimity

This is the second of a series of talks reviewing the Divine Abidings, with emphasis on understanding the characteristics of Equanimity as a balancing factor, to avoid what are called the Far Enemy and Near Enemy of the four factors.  The talk also includes suggestions for cultivating the factors of Mindfulness, Investigation of Mind Conditioning Factors and Energy/Right Effort to support the functioning of Equanimity.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Balancing Lovingkindness Compassion and Sympathetic Joy

The topic for the next talk in the series will be a review of Lovingkindness, the primary focus in the cultivation of the Divine Abidings.

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The Benefits Of Equanimity December 4 2019

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.

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Brahma Viharas

In this Dhamma talk, Judy explores the relationship between the Noble Eight-Fold Path and the Brahma Viharas, the Four Divine Abodes: Metta (lovingkindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (Joy), and Upekkha (equanimity).    She explains each of their major characteristics   and their “near” and “far” enemies, actions that seem similar but are not and their opposites  She also gives us ways to use these in our meditation practice.