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Buddhist doctrine breaks kindness down into four different forms. To practice them is to abide in the realm of the gods. In other words it means by doing so we inhabit a way of experiencing life that is free and happy.
In Buddhist terminology they are known as The Brahma Viharas (Sublime Abodes or God Realms)
Metta is to practice unconditional kindness toward every being
Karuna is kindness meeting suffering – it the activity of compassion
Upeksa is kindness that is expressed as equanimity – it meets all events with harmony and is unaffected by praise or blame, gain or loss
Mudita is kindness expressed in joy at the success and well being of others
On our forthcoming retreat we are going to learn more about them and meditate on them; gently bringing these dimensions of kindness into being in our own minds ….
We also have the incredibly talented and wonderful organic, vegan, whole-foods chef Carin Gala catering for us and I am very pleased to secure her services. I’ve done four of her cooking classes now and know that you will adore the creations she will bring to us!
Here’s a link to her website:
The dates are June 19 – 21 so please do book yourselves in! I’ve attached a rough draft flyer (better one to follow soon) and a link to book below
And just in case you’re wondering where our Full Moon Pujas got to …. Well we’re combining them with the Sydney Buddhist Centre’s and there’s one this Saturday night – just click the link for details:
Much metta and hope you can join us for meditation this week
Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 – 8.50 am (followed by Dharma Study for those doing the current course)
Dharmalata and Padmadakini