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The Four Brahmaviharas (Immeasurables)

posted Apr 13, 2013, 12:46 PM by Five Stones
Meeting in our new location at the Corvallis Friends Meeting House, 3211 NW Polk Street, Mondays at 5:30 to 7:00 PM, please try to arrive a little earlier so you can be seated and comfortable at 5:30.  
Perhaps, help setup, or lead a song.  We practice guided, walking or movement-based, and seated meditations.  This week Patti will lead a dharma discussion on the Four Immeasurables.
  1. Loving-kindness towards all and the hope that a person will be well; "the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy."
  2. Compassion: the hope that a person's sufferings will diminish; "the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering."
  3. Empathetic joy: joy in the accomplishments of a person—oneself or another; sympathetic joy; "the wholesome attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings."
  4. Equanimity: learning to accept loss and gain, praise and blame, and success and failure, all with detachment, equally, for oneself and for others. Equanimity is "not to distinguish between friend, enemy or stranger, but regard every sentient being as equal. It is a clear-minded tranquil state of mind—not being overpowered by delusions, mental dullness or agitation."

"The Four Brahmaviharas are called 'immeasurable', because if you practice them, they will grow in you every day until they embrace the whole world. You will become happier, and everyone around you will become happier, also."

-Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching